Five Offseason Concerns: No. 2
2. What do the Wizards do if they get the No. 1 pick?
Blake Griffin is a chiseled, nasty competitor who has a pretty good basketball IQ (this dunk not included). He is a ferocious rebounder and a decent scorer who could immediately provide a physical, interior presence for the Wizards if they get lucky next month. But what happens if the Wizards draft Griffin? Do they start him immediately or let him learn behind Jamison? Do they move Antawn Jamison to the role of sixth man?
Or do they start Haywood, Griffin, Jamison, Butler and Arenas? That would put the most talented five on the floor to start the game, but Butler showed this season that he is a solid small forward who lacks the ballhandling or playmaking ability to consistently play at shooting guard.
Jamison won the sixth man of the year award in 2004, but he was not particularly happy in that role. Even though he will be 33 next season, he likely wouldn't want to play that role on the Wizards, when he is the team captain and is coming off a season in which he averaged 22 points and nine rebounds. If Griffin is ready to contribute now, as scouts around the league contend, would it be a waste to have him playing spot minutes? Or would it be best to have Griffin learn the right way to play, the way Miami held back No. 2 pick Michael Beasley this season?
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