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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/14/2011

First road win "felt like Christmas"

By Michael Lee

By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 11:03 AM ET
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First road win "felt like Christmas"

February 14th and the Wizards are celebrating their first road win...how sad is that?

Just think they play @ Cleveland again on April 13th the last game of the season so the Wizards organization will be able to tell the fans they won two road games this year and ended on a high note which should carry over to the next year...so hurry up and get your season tickets before they are all gone.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 14, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

That just goes to show how things get blown out of proportion. The Wiz have a road win. That doesn't make them any better as a team than they were two weeks ago -- just as the painful loss to the Spurs wasn't proof they were getting worse. The media loves to flog these proceedings because the media loves and needs drama. Otherwise, who would tune in to a game between two weak teams? Or to the blog discussions that follow.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

wizards are on pace to win 23-24 games this season. Are there any trades where we can get more draft picks?

Posted by: jefferu | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Are there any trades where we can get more draft picks?Posted by: jefferu"

I hope so, but that's more my preference than any strategy. My thinking is that it's often possible to package lower picks to move up in the draft -- maybe to a team that's already got a relatively full roster.

The rationale being that the Wiz have multiple needs.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't seem to be the year to have multiple draft picks, though. It sure looks to me that the best out there are less ready to play right away than any group for a long time. Some talent but 2-3-4 years away.

Unless there's a group of European and International players that are out there.

Posted by: SteveMG | February 14, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It would be great to trade Thornton, Yi and our 2nd round pick to try and land Jared Sullinger. McGee, Trevor Booker and Sullinger would make an imposing front line. This is assuming that Sullinger will declare for the draft.

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 14, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

McGee, Sullinger, and Booker would be an imposting front line? Really? How so? I see a horrible front line there. Where is the passing? Where is the offense? The only positive I see from starting that front line next season is getting another lottery pick the following season. I don't care if John Wall turns into MJ.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Christmas must be a sad, depressing time in the Wall house.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't seem to be the year to have multiple draft picks, though. Posted by: SteveMG

It can't hurt. There will be some decent wings available late 1st/early 2nd. Jrue's brother, Justin Holiday is coming out of UW, and Malcolm Lee might be leaving UCLA.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 14, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"wizards are on pace to win 23-24 games this season. Are there any trades where we can get more draft picks?"

Posted by: jefferu | February 14, 2011 12:09 PM

Not likely. not impossible, but not likely.

There will be a lot of teams that'll want to clear salary going forward, and trading a pick for an expiring contract could theoretically do that. But I don't think there will be many willing to make moves like that (i.e., giving away a chance at cheap young talent) until they know what the new CBA looks like. Also, unless the team the Wiz are trading with is also under the cap, Washington would also have to take back salary in the deal.

As far as straight up trades go . . . the Wiz have nothing to offer in terms of talent (assuming that Wall isn't on the block) that would entice anyone to give up a decent pick to get it. McGee maybe, but there's no reason to trade him now.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"It can't hurt."

It could. It could result in the team being committed to multiple guaranteed salaries attached to young players who don't produce and have limited trade value.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

McGee, Sullinger, and Booker would be an imposting front line? Really? How so? I see a horrible front line there. Where is the passing? Where is the offense? The only positive I see from starting that front line next season is getting another lottery pick the following season. I don't care if John Wall turns into MJ.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

You think that Sullinger, McGee and Booker would be horrible? If Jared's in this years draft, he will go in the top 5. He has great post presence; good feet and great positioning. McGee's only going to get better offensively. Booker is a beast and HE will only get better. There's no way that these three guys could be summed up as "horrible."

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 14, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It can't hurt.

It could. It could result in the team being committed to multiple guaranteed salaries attached to young players who don't produce and have limited trade value. Posted by: kalo_rama

Or they could draft a suicide bomber. That could hurt, too.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 14, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Those three guys playing together on the front line could be summed up as horrible. Would probably be the worst starting frontline in the NBA horrible. There is nothing complimentary or refined about any of their skillsets. Individually, they are not horrible - well JM is on occasion. But collectively - please!

You just named 3 players as starters who are not or won't be even close to as good as AB yet. Whew, something smells!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Or they could draft a suicide bomber. That could hurt, too."

Posted by: djnnnou | February 14, 2011 3:52 PM

True. Irrelevant and not especially clever, but true.

You said "it can't hurt." The truth is it could. Doesn't mean it will, of course, but you dismissed the very possibility. The simple fact is that it's very much possible. How likely is it? Who knows? But in a weak draft (which most of the supposed experts say this one is) it's probably more likely than in a stronger one.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Those three guys playing together on the front line could be summed up as horrible.

Says the guy who posted today we should keep Yi.

Posted by: divi3 | February 14, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

And what does Yi have to do with that hypothetical thrown out there? I'll answer for you butthead - nothing.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 14, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

And what does Yi have to do with that hypothetical thrown out there?

You think Yi can be a quality frontcourt player for the team, but naysay Sullinger who is dominating the post in the NCAAs. That's just dumb.

Posted by: divi3 | February 14, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe in Sullinger, brings to mind Trevor Booker only younger. Honestly Books is prolly more athletic than Jared, I guess i gotta watch more OSU games. I just see Evan Turner written all over him, i mean the books out on Turner, but he may turn out to be a really good college player and that's all.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 14, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards' "low post" starters are Blatche and McGee. I'm not counting wing players such as Thornton and Josh Howard.
Backing Blatche and McGee are the following:
Hamady Ndiaye - a recent D Leaguer

Kevin Seraphin - a project /EuroLeaguer

Yi Jianlian - three teams in three years

Hilton Armstrong - 4 teams in four years

How could the Wizards front court fail to improve by adding Jared Sullinger.

McGee/Booker/Sullinger would be as athletic as the Atlanta Hawks trio of Al Horford/Marvin Williams/Jason Collins.

It would compare favorably with the Charlotte Bobcats frontline of Kwame Brown/Nazr Mohammed/Gerald Wallace.

I know that selecting Sullinger would improve this team. Even Ernie Grunfeld would be smart enough to make that pick.

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 14, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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