Wizards Report Card: Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon was a big part of the team's 110-99 win at Minnesota Monday night as the veteran guard played some critical fourth-quarter minutes and helped put the game away with two late buckets and three free throws.
It was the kind of role Dixon fully expected for himself when he rejoined the Wizards late last summer on a one-year deal worth just under $1 million, but things haven't worked out that way.
After a brief stint early in the season when then-coach Eddie Jordan was desperately seeking a formula that would work, Dixon's role and playing time have fluctuated wildly and he's really only been only a spot player most of the season.
He's appeared in 40 games (with six starts) and averaged a modest 5.2 points and 2.4 assists in 15.9 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from three-point range.
Dixon's plus/minus is minus 8.1, which ranks ninth on the team behind Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Darius Songaila, Javaris Crittenton, Mike James and Dominic McGuire. But any evaluation of his season has to be looked at within the context of his spotty playing time.
On the positive side, Dixon has remained a true pro all season. He shows up to work, prepares himself as if he's a starter and has been a good influence in in a locker room filled with young guys who don't know what they are doing.
Given the team's salary cap and luxury tax situation, it's hard to imagine Dixon being back next season. And, assuming that Gilbert Arenas does return and Mike James picks up his contract option (he will), the team will have Arenas, James, DeShawn Stevenson, Javaris Crittenton and Nick Young under contract as guards.
In terms of a grade and given his salary, history and role, I'll give Juan a C for the season.
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