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Martin makes it 23, Saunders on Gee

Wizards (21-51) at Rockets (36-36)

Wizards starters: Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, Fabricio Oberto

Rockets: Aaron Brooks, Jermaine Taylor, Trevor Ariza, Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes

Line: Rockets by 7.5

When Cartier Martin makes his Wizards debut in Houston, he will be the 23rd different player to suit up for this organization this season. Yes, that is a franchise record, in case you were wondering. The Wizards actually set the mark with Alonzo Gee, who was the 22nd player to don a Wizards uniform.

"Feels like the CBA, when you have that many guys," Coach Flip Saunders said, then joked, "Maybe not the last, either."

So let's put out the list of all the players who been a part of the Wizards this season, in order, by games played: Andray Blatche (71), Randy Foye (70), Nick Young (64), Earl Boykins (59), JaVale McGee (50), Brendan Haywood (49), Caron Butler (47), Fabricio Oberto (47), Mike Miller (44), Antawn Jamison (41), Dominic McGuire (41), DeShawn Stevenson (40), Gilbert Arenas (32), James Singleton (22), Quinton Ross (20), Al Thornton (19), Shaun Livingston (16), Alonzo Gee (11), Mike Harris (5), Josh Howard (4), Mike James (4), Paul Davis (2) and now Martin.

Of course, that list doesn't include Zydrunas Ilguaskas and Drew Gooden, who never suited up for the Wizards, making it 25 different players on the roster this season. I don't know what's crazier about that list; that Boykins is fourth in games played or that James only played two more games than Davis.

"That's kind of been the dynamics of how this season has been," Saunders said. "A lot of players, a lot of injuries, a lot of players coming in. It's left a struggle, but it's also left an opportunity for some players that we've had on our team to get some significant minutes.

"It's been tough," he said. "What's been the toughest part is that most of these changes came, it happened to be in March when we have had no practice time. All we've been doing is playing games. So when you make a lot of changes and you're playing veteran teams that have been together from October. Sometimes you wonder why you lose games and then you realize, you probably shouldn't when those games. A veteran team that's been together should be expected to win those games down the stretch."

Saunders enlisted his 25th different starting lineup on Tuesday, going with Young and Oberto. He hoped that Oberto could challenge fellow Argentine Luis Scola, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds when the Rockets won the last meeting 96-88. "Fab knows him better than anybody," Saunders said.

Interesting that the Wizards will face Jermaine Taylor tonight. If you recall, the Wizards selected Taylor 32nd overall last summer - when DeJuan Blair was still on the board - and sold him to the Rockets for $2.5 million. Before it was known that the Wizards had a prearranged deal, Ernie Grunfeld explained the selection by saying, "I like guards."

Gee surprised many within the organization, including Saunders, with his decision to leave for San Antonio.

"Having coached in the CBA, he had a great opportunity here," Saunders said. "Playing is the No. 1 thing. You get some guaranteed money. But I told him and I thought he is a guy is going to be able to stay in this league a long time. Sometimes you got to look at the long term. When you're a minor league player, the idea is knowing that your first contract is not your contract. It's your next contract. You want to set yourself the best way to get that contract. And thought the best way was here, and playing. You can't fault him, he wanted security and you have to abide by those decisions."

This should be a fun opportunity for Martin, since he's a native of Houston.

By Michael Lee  |  March 30, 2010; 7:42 PM ET
 
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Comments

That's why I said get a GM like David Pendergraft from the Hawks because they've done a great job in the draft without the top pick.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Wait...I just been looking around today...but the Hawks? Seriously? Do you know how many top 5 picks they've blown? Shelden Williams? Marvin Williams? Childress? (#6) Acie Law (#11)

Seriously? Sure they hit on Horford at #3. And Smith at #17.

But come on man...

Posted by: SDMDTSU | March 30, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"Beware the schneids of March."

(apologies to W. Shakespeare)

Posted by: shovetheplanet | March 30, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Dray straight ballin tonight...ankle must be feelin better

Posted by: divi3 | March 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Flip Sanders got lucky the Jilbert Arenas fiasco has given him an excuse for losing this year.

Posted by: Risa_L | March 30, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Flip Sanders got lucky the Jilbert Arenas fiasco has given him an excuse for losing this year.

Posted by: Risa_L | March 30, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

etaps wishes he was so lucky

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 30, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Singleton is a DOG. Gotta re-sign this guy.

MM, NY, and Ross combined arent worth a GEE tonight

Posted by: divi3 | March 30, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

agreed

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 30, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Our shooting guard can't shoot

Posted by: Risa_L | March 30, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

MM must have missed five layups tonight.

mcgee is on fresh legs!

Posted by: divi3 | March 30, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

FLIP IS A HORRIBLE COACH! Why not have Mcgee in the game for defense and you need a stop!...tied up with 30 seconds to go! I dont understand this bum and his coaching decisions!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 30, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Good job Flip, your the best. I just can't get enough of Earl Boykins.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 30, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

mcgee didnt get back quick enough on D after being whistled for traveling, so flip sat him the rest of the way despite his effectiveness at the time.

no excuse for runnin the earl show again tho!

Posted by: divi3 | March 30, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

McGEE made progress tonight despite the one lazy defensive lapse. Man, if he had the stamina to play 30 minutes like those eight he got, whew.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 30, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

FLIP IS A HORRIBLE COACH! Why not have Mcgee in the game for defense and you need a stop!...tied up with 30 seconds to go! I dont understand this bum and his coaching decisions!

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 30, 2010 10:58 PM


He didn't want to have him in the game because they might have lost with him in there, wait a minute, we lost anyway.

Or maybe he wanted to develop Singleton and Boykins for next season?

I don't question Flip, he's an "offensive genius"

Posted by: zxhoya | March 30, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

16 games in a row!! And they want me to renew my FULL season lower level package again for next season!?! Yeah right! Imagine that happening... Not with " THE FLIPPER " COACHING.

Posted by: rf2litenva | March 30, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I honestly cannot see any value in Flip being retained. They'd be better off making one of the assistants an interim next year.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 30, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

mcgee didnt get back quick enough on D after being whistled for traveling, so flip sat him the rest of the way despite his effectiveness at the time.

no excuse for runnin the earl show again tho!

Posted by: divi3 | March 30, 2010 11:03 PM

He may have gotten back slowly, but it wasn't his man who scored, Scola, who was AB man scored, McGee was on Hayes.

The real crime was that JaVale played just 13 minutes on a depleted Wizards team at the end of the season?!

Posted by: zxhoya | March 30, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The comedy continues. News flash, this is a depleted team!!! Done. Toast. And you guys are haggling over decisions that are absolutely pointless. Let's see (If I am FS)....do I play Boykins who sucks and probably shouldn't be in the NBA anymore or should I play a guy who is barely in the league and at best a potential back up PG. Even then, probably not a back up PG on a playoff bound team. Wow, let's just break those decisions down. LMAO

McGee sucks! Period! He might be capable of starting in 3 yrs, if then. For now, he is still the WIP he was and will be for a while. No matter how much divi3 wants that to not be the case. The more playing time he gets the worse he becomes.

Blatche needs to add to his post moves. His fakes and hesitations will be/are being figured out and need to be balanced with direct quicker moves. Down the stretch Chucky just stood there and AB had no counter move once his bag of tricks had been used up. Of course, his lack of top notch conditioning might have something to do with his dwindling production down the stretch of most games as well.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 31, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

WARRIORS win, we lose? Tie for third.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Yes-s-s, ignominous losing streaks have their reward. We're now tied with the WARRIORS for third in the lottery.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

McGee sucks! Period! He might be capable of starting in 3 yrs, if then. For now, he is still the WIP he was and will be for a while. No matter how much divi3 wants that to not be the case. The more playing time he gets the worse he becomes.

rphilli721 | March 31, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm usually in accord with you rphilli721, but not tonight. I thought McGEE played with both purpose and energy for the most part. He still has limited court awareness, but he stuck his nose in there on rebounds for a change, and some of his offensive moves were superlative. Still breaks down on dribble penetration hoping to swat at the ball for blocks, but I do think this effort represented a step forward in his game. Of course, he can do the old NY schuffle, one step up, two steps back, but at least he's dancin'.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 31, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

"McGee sucks! Period! He might be capable of starting in 3 yrs, if then. For now, he is still the WIP he was and will be for a while. No matter how much divi3 wants that to not be the case. The more playing time he gets the worse he becomes"


Your post makes no sense! What value is there in playing players who won't be here next year over players who need to develop (McGee) and players you need to see (Livingston).

Is it your opinion that the Wizards should get rid of "McGee who sucks", that he has no potential?

Feel free to continue to root for the Mavs and UNC sucks.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 31, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

As a fan, I'm not really worried about the end of this season as much as I am with the beginning of next season. We have a bright future ahead of us, and my hope is that we get a top 2 pick.The thought of winning a few more games this season at the expense of a chance to draft top 2, underwhelms me. Also, I am not saying we are throwing games, we just don't have the talent we did after the trade deadline due to injuries and the sheer lack of depth. The draft will change that and you will be pleasantly surprised next year. Also do not underestimate the 2 trade exceptions we have. Arenas is a wild card at this point. Though overpaid, he holds value. Looking at the big picture, we have only 1 way to go from here, and I'm pretty excited about our future.

Posted by: Raef | March 31, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Raef. Also, Mike Lee, you forgot Crittenton on your list.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 31, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse


NBA = THUG WANNABE'S

Posted by: hessone | March 31, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

We all like JM, but he still need to get this game. some of the decisions he makes in the game are not expected from a second year NBA player who had two seasons in college.what ever he is doing he still need minutes in this lost season.The coaches need to let him play at least 30 minutes. He has some exeptinal moves on the offense and he has the ablity to run the floor and alter shoots but his instinict on defense is zero.
I will make a deal with the owner , if they give DNP for earl for the remaining 6 home games i will buy the most expenssive tickets.I have a hard time to open my TV every time he is inserted in the line up leave alone to waching live.
Lat night he scored 12 points but he did two bad thing on the team. 1/ his opponent who had just 7 point before he was in had 18 point at the end of the game.
2/The ball movment was killed. There were only 3 asists while he was in the game, plus he missed from the charity which was an important momentum to win.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 31, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Also, Mike Lee, you forgot Crittenton on your list.

Posted by: Urnesto

I think Mike left him off because he didn't play at all this season.

Posted by: ts35 | March 31, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, so Crittenton should be in the Illgaukus/Gooden category at least.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 31, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


[INDENT]Go ahead...."[/INDENT]

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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