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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Jump ball: Evaluating Young, McGee and Blatche

By Washington Post editors

In the reader comments, Samson151 asks an intriguing personnel question.

I'm wondering if all 3 of the young Wiz -- Nick Young, McGee, and Blatche -- are 'role players' on a contender. That's not to say one or more wouldn't start at some point and be productive. They've all played better for stretches than they're playing now, and may again. Might help if less was expected of them, or if (in Andray's case) he got some extended time off to heal up and get in shape. ...

The main player evaluation question IMO is who on the current roster fits best with a team led by John Wall [?]

What do you think? How do Young, McGee and Blatche fit into the Wizards' future?

By Washington Post editors  | February 8, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
 
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Ask me next season when Young is signed, Blatche is still with the team and McGee is in his contract year. As of now, I don't know if any of them have a future with this team

Posted by: firemetalrat | February 8, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Young & McGee..jury is still out on..

Blatche..already been found guilty..So execute the trade that get's this guy out of Washington..

Blatche is known as a "classic one-in-fiver."

Everyone here know's it. What's left to say.

Posted by: kevenjones | February 8, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

nick has a future, hopefully on another team,where his talents can really be seen, away from flop. You should have asked do this team have a future with flop as coach.

Posted by: MrNoOne | February 8, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

All three players would give a contender a good contributor IF, they took direction from a good coach and played up to their potential. Young has made the most of his opportunity so far. No one thought he was an all around Kobe type player. He has added points and that was what was wanted from him. McGee turned out to be more than we could have hoped for, until there was a disconnect between what he could do and what the coach envisioned him to do. I use envision because I dont think the coach has adequately explained and coached what he wanted. This left McGee rudderless. Talent but not much direction. Blatche is the best by far of the three. He can play smothering defense, has great shot making ability, can rebound with authority and has some passing skills. He is totally lazy, selfish, hard headed, whiny, soft and depressed, unmotivated and undisciplined. He's the type of player that coaches wait on until they are fired. It is no wonder Arena's crapped in his shoe.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 8, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

If there is no improvement from the 3 of them next year then I'd say they are destined to be perpetual role players.

They all need to elevate their games and bring consistency every game in order to be starters next season.

This team can't improve with the 3 of them playing good once every 2 or 3 weeks.

Another NBA ready high draftee and a trade/FA pick up will cut this trio's PT.

They need to take advantage of the position that they have lucked into and make the most of it.

Posted by: VBFan | February 8, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Young is quickly becoming one of the best scorers in the league. I could see him becoming a top 15 or so guard based purely on his ability to put the ball in the basket. However, he gives you little else. If he improves his D he could be a top 10 guy one day.

Mcgee is a great energy guy. But he lacks the awareness and the basketball IQ to be a dominant center. Long term he is not the answer at the 5. However, I think we should keep him as the primary backup center. Hopefully he could be a slightly better version of Chris Anderson.

Blatche. Oh Blatche. It was just not meant to be. That shooting before he even stepped on the court was a bad oman. Hopefully we can trade him for something. Anything. Perhaps a new washing machine? lol

ALSO, flip needs to get fired! 0-25 on the road is inexcusable.

Posted by: rapotter | February 8, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting question, and one I've pondered also. In my opinion, one thing hindering Young, Blatche and McGee from being franchise cornerstones, is their lack of maturity.

Of the three, Nick has shown the most progress in that area, but is still lacking in some of the more strategic nuances of the game. Should he dedicate himself to understanding the psychology of the game better, in the same way he dedicated this past offseason to improving his physical conditioning, he could become an elite player.

I'm most disappointed in Blatche's development. He seems to have regressed in many areas, and is woefully deficient when it comes to "thinking the game". He also seems to lack the inner drive to maximize his considerable skills. I don't "buy" what he's "selling" regarding his lack of strength and conditioning. Half the season has gone, and he still too often looks physically overmatched. Maybe he needs to partner with Trevor Booker for offseason training. Should he stop making excuses for himself and put in the time and EFFORT in the gym and film room, he too will likely become an elite player

McGee is a conundrum for me. Like Young and Blatche, he needs to learn the game. I see his developmen as more a function of time and coaching. He still has a lot of "boyishness" to his game and demeanor that can be transformed as he grows older and hopefully wiser. His physical attributes are unparalleled in the league, and needs to be given more time for development. I think the Wizards need to invest heavily in ensuring his talent is maximized. If they do -- WATCHOUT!!!

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | February 8, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

i hope we resign young at a price between mid-level-9 million. I wish we would trade blatche, Mcgee, and a second round pick for a real center.

Posted by: jefferu | February 8, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"i hope we resign young at a price between mid-level-9 million."

I really, really hope we don't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

That is, I hope they don't sign him for $6+ to $9 mill.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

1) Yes, all three players are NBA caliber. I would wager that each of these three could start on more than one other NBA team *today.* I think the issue is that they're starting together. The overall talent level is higher on other teams. Although each player is good, none of them are a franchise star player.

2) I like the Nick Young/John Wall combo. In a traditional offense, I think that pair will be great.

3) Centers take years to develop. Remember how long we waited around for Brendan Haywood to fulfill some of his promise? I think McGee has a pass for 8 more years, and even if he never is a star, he's always worth holding on to.

4) I'd like to see Blatche put in a position to succeed. Put him on a veteran team with some strong LEADERS to hold him accountable and he will flourish. I don't see it happening though.

5) More importantly for him, he needs to get his agent to help him with his PR: go volunteer in the community, smile when you're being interviewed, get that name out there in a positive way. Dude needs an image change- that's step one to being a pro.

6) Fire Flip? Please. The team is not on the same level as their competition. It's a shame that he didn't realize he'd be in exile when he took the job. Flip can do whatever he wants for the rest of this season. After that, we can gradually start to hold him accountable.

Posted by: MyOpinionIs | February 8, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Why not let Wall play alongside Kirk more in the last 30 games?

Because KH is a backup PG and not a SG, when he and Wall are on the floor together it's been one of our worst looks. Much of the time Wall looks like he's playing SG as KH tends towards the PG role when he's in. There's no future whatsoever in a Wall-KH backcourt, so there's no reason for the Wizards to devote precious developmental time towards it.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Speak of the devil:

29. Washington Wizards (13-37) Nick Young has no conscience. In the last 10 games, the Wizards' aptly titled "shooting guard" has jacked up 185 shots, making 72, or 37.9 percent, well below the league average of 45.8 percent. He is 14-for-44 from three-point range, which is 31.8 percent, again well below the NBA norm of 36.1 percent. He has managed 16 assists -- 1.6 per game, below the league average of 2.1, although his turnovers are right on the average at 1.4. That his teammates include a lauded playmaker and No. 1 pick in rookie John Wall, and a player who is being overpaid for his shooting capabilities in veteran forward Rashard Lewis, is of no consequence to Young's volume shooting. His wild play is one reason why Washington has lost nine of 10 and ranks 27th in offensive efficiency."


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/britt_robson/02/08/power.rankings/index.html

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Remember how long we waited around for Brendan Haywood to fulfill some of his promise?"

Posted by: MyOpinionIs | February 8, 2011 2:32 PM

(checks calendar) . . . 10 years and counting.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

At the right price, Nick is very solid as the team's starting SG of the "future." It's not like other teams are running guys who score, rebound, defend, and facilitate well. Very few players fit that description and those that do are superstars. Nick scores and defends really well...he's a tough cover for anybody in the league and he seems to be in his counterparts grill consistently these days. Whomever the coach is can probably squeeze a couple rebs and assists out of him going forward, so at a reasonable price you keep him. Rather than letting him go and having to address SG to go along with all the team's other needs.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Because KH is a backup PG and not a SG..."

Which isn't really the issue. The question is, would playing alongside somebody like Kirk help Wall get back to his strengths? It seemed to help Nick a while back.

If the future is Wall, the Wiz really should be focused on helping him get where he needs to go.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 8, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Young is a one-dimensional gunner. He's basically a taller version of Eddie House. His "defense" is one of the great myths of this season. He has the tools to do it, but he has the tools to do a lot of things he doesn't do consistently. Or even on a regular basis. Hard to see why there's any reason to think he's going to start squeezing out assists and rebounds going forward when he hasn't had much luck squeezing them out over the past 4 years.

Like I said, if he can be had for relatively cheap he's worth keeping as the designated scorer off the bench, but he's not worth starter's money on a long-term deal because he's not a long-term starter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to think that Wall at 1, Young at 2 and Booker at 3 (a player with a game a lot like Tough Juice) are the nucleus for the future. To think that the ONLY player we have is Wall would be hard to accept.

That being said we do not have a low post presence; certainly not MaGee or Blache.
I wonder if we picked up a Dennis Rodman type truly proficient up front player if that would shore up McGee's weaknesses or Blaches' assuming either one of them grow up.

Posted by: junkmail0153 | February 8, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Which isn't really the issue. The question is, would playing alongside somebody like Kirk help Wall get back to his strengths?

No. Unless you believe that Wall's strengths are playing SG.

Wall and KH have played together a lot, basically every game they are both active. It doesnt help Wall to have a backcourt mate who often dribbles the air out of the ball.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

His "defense" is one of the great myths of this season.

That's just your opinion, and it's not borne out by what we see on the floor. Flip has never had qualms about benching Young for not playing defense, in fact getting him to play D consistently is something people credit Saunders with. Hard to envision that suddenly Flip has decided he doesnt mind if Young doesnt play D, especially given that KH is always ready to come in.

Hard to see why there's any reason to think he's going to start squeezing out assists and rebounds going forward when he hasn't had much luck squeezing them out over the past 4 years.

Except that the same thing was being said about the rest of his game before this season, and most agree there has been a positive change. NY is never going to be doling out 5 dimes a game, or grabbing 6 boards but that doesnt mean some improvement cant be had in those areas.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

1/ Nick Young - He is starting to finally "find" himself. I think he still has even more "upside" then he is starting to show now. I say he should be kept. I think he is becoming a legit starting "2" in the league. He should not get more then 6 mill a year though when they resign him.

2/ Javelle McGee - Here is another one who still has upside. He reminds me so much of Tyson Chandler when he first came into the league with Gasol, Kwame, and Eddie Curry. Only thing different is Tyson had no where the "hops" McGee has.

Yes Javelle can fustrate you sometimes with bonehead plays and decisions. I think he does that sometimes because he is not respecting the coach as he should. Case in point to drop my Sam Cassell for H/C plug again. That might not happen as often if he was coaching.

Javelle is another one who still has upside and with the right H/C coaching and Big Man Coaching he could possibly end up being better then Tyson in half the time.

AB I had to save for last. AB just does not look like the guy who came off of the bench his first 3 years and provided energy and shot blocking plays. AB looks "fat" and "slow". He also looks disinterested when he is playing.

Again, I might contribute that a little to coaching again. Sometimes a new voice needs to be heard. AB looks like he has hit his "upside". He has to realize he does not have a "j" and he needs to attack the rim like he did the last game.

AB has to stop the Curley Neil dribbling exhibition everytime he trys to get a shot off. Teams are ready for that now, so he needs to start playing with his back to the basket, until he gets a better "j".

Lastly, AB might want to go to Walmart or Target and buy Rocky 3. Looks like AB needs to get "that eye of the tiger" back he used to have before being given the starting spot and the new contract.

AB take a look at it in your spare time. You are still my boy, but it just looks like you are not "feeling it" out there anymore. Again, another reason for asking for a change in coach. I'm done.......

Posted by: BulletsFever | February 8, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Who on the current roster fits best with a team led by John Wall?" Trevor Booker
I want him to trail JW on every drive up the middle to rebound the missed layups.
If Al Thornton wants more PT, he needs to attack the basket. Wizards have too many forwards shooting from outside.
I will wait until he stops growing to evaluate McGee.

Posted by: SM33 | February 8, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Except that the same thing was being said about the rest of his game before this season, and most agree there has been a positive change. "

Problem is, the "positive change" isn't really the result of any actual improvement in his skills as a player. He really isn't doing any particular thing better than he's done before. He's simply doing more (to the point of near exclusivity) of the one thing he's always done well (shoot the ball) and less of the things that have previously gotten him into trouble (dribbling, ballhandling, attempted shot creation). And, as much as it would kill you to admit it, much of the credit for that goes to the coach, who has been very active and vocal in his desire to have Nick play just that way since he took the job. It just took Young this long to finally get the message and buy in.

Problem is, that addition by subtraction approach won't do much to erase his deficiencies as a playmaker or rebounder. Those things require actual work on Young's part.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"That's just your opinion. . . "

Of course it's my opinion. Just like the opposite view is your opinion. Nice job stating the obvious.


". . . and it's not borne out by what we see on the floor."

Who you mean "we" kemo sabe? My opinion is very much borne out by what I see on the floor. But, as has been well established, not everyone sees the same things, even when they're looking in the same direction.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

He really isn't doing any particular thing better than he's done before.

In fact he is, he's playing solid man D on every SG he faces...as much as it would pain you to admit it.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

But, as has been well established, not everyone sees the same things, even when they're looking in the same direction.

That's the point, apparently Flip sees it differently than you as he's never had a qualm about criticizing or benching Young for his defense in the past.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"In fact he is, he's playing solid man D on every SG he faces...as much as it would pain you to admit it."

Wouldn't pain me at all to admit it if I believed it to be true. And the number of SG's who've scored above their season averages (I believe I gave you a nice list in a previous thread) against the Wiz with Young in the starting lineup would likely say the same.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"In fact he is, he's playing solid man D on every SG he faces...as much as it would pain you to admit it.",/i>

And besides, the Young Lovers have been saying for the past 2 years that Young was a good perimeter defender, so even if that were true, it wouldn't actually be an "improvement" because, according to the masses, he's always been doing it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I didnt see your list, but looking back over the past 10 games or so, I am not seeing anything egregious sticking out. Also, if Aaron Afflao goes for 18pts on a night Nick goes for 26 (for instance)...I think most coaches will take that.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And besides, the Young Lovers have been saying for the past 2 years that Young was a good perimeter defender, so even if that were true, it wouldn't actually be an "improvement" because, according to the masses, he's always been doing it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 8, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

for argument's sake if he's still "doing it" but he's "doing it" more frequently and consistently than in the past i think it would be fair to call that improvement.

But on the other hand can is see that list of guys who went bonkers with NY checking them? I missed that thread.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 8, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I do see our last win where Young went 1-13 in 40mins against Boston. Kind of nuts we could win that one given the bricks he was laying. Probably helped that Ray Allen went 2-9 after the 1stQ, suppose Cartier must have locked him down that night.

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@Divi3


Somehow Kirk locked him down for us. Flip said it was a "legendary, inspired performanceKirk was so quick out there that you mighta missed him"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 8, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I see a loss to Chicago where Korver, Bogans, and Brewer combined for 10pts in 62mins while Young went for 22pts in 39mins...but yeah, if they could have been held to 0 we would have won, damn you nick!

Posted by: divi3 | February 8, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I honestly think the best answer to the question of 'who fits best' with John Wall is dependent upon Wall's improvement as a player. All those guys will get echelon's better when Wall can consistently hit a midrange jumper.

Not only when he can consistently hit it, but when he consistently uses it confidently as part of his arsenal.

When he starts hitting those then the rest of his game will open up as well. He's been missing allot more layups then at the beginning of the season because all the defenders are expecting that. A consistent stop-and-pop will get players more open and open up his game.

Posted by: boblas | February 8, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to blame these three pros for every mistake on this team.
JM is still have time to get better.
AB can be a starting PF in more than 50% of NBA teams.Take him to orlando,late him play on the side of the best center, tell him not to take jump shoots,he will be an 18 point/7 rebound man with better defense.Just see his perfect passes DH will have multiple 30 point games.
NY is not a dependable starter, any team who is going to try to give NY big money will get it fast.He is taking nearly 20 shoots a game and he is the primary focus of the offense, still he is not adding any thing on it.his move to the court is not perfect for his size, his ball handling is not making him the man of the team.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 8, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This "jump ball" is a good question and I think Samson 151 set it up right: Are these the guys we want around John Wall as we rebuild the Wizards?

Uh, no. I think they're all head cases to one degree or another. Of the three, I would prize McGee most because of his great athleticism. I think he can be taught, although I'm not sure we have the right staff to teach him how to play the middle. But he and Wall have clicked, and they can grow very well together.

Nick Young only wants to shoot, and he has no compunction abut forcing it up, even against double-teams, without looking for his teammates. If his shots came within the flow of the offense I'd feel better about him, but even then we have his lousy defensive effort. He's got the quickness and range to challenge anyone but he always seem to ready to get back down the floor and shoot -- even when he could get a rebound or a loose ball, he's backing away, ready to run a lane.

Blatche has enormous talent and I'd love to see him suddenly discover his "eye of the tiger." But that drive is truly missing. He seems so lackadaisical sometimes that I don't know why he stays on the floor -- maybe we're trying to build his stats so another team will want him.

It's all relative, of course. Who's available to add, either through the draft or trade? Here's what I think we need to run with Wall --and I do mean "run."

Rebounders, a couple of really good ones. People who go after the ball, get in position and really fight for it -- yeah, like Rodman or Kevin Love or Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins or Jared Sullinger. I like Booker a lot. He's a keeper, and Seraphin will come along over the next 4 or 5 years.

Defenders, both on the perimeter and in the paint. Booker fits the bill inside, but he's undersized against the biggest guys. Hinrich is the only perimeter defender we have, although Wall eventually will improve in that department. It was nice to have the luxury of a lock-down defender like Stevenson, when his head was screwed on right. Josh Howard can do it if he gets healthy, but who knows if we'll compete to keep him.

Speedsters, guys who can get up and down the court with Wall and who can finish the break.

If we're going to take advantage of Wall's talents, we need to be playing more transition basketball, beating other teams down the floor, which means defending and rebounding first, then good passing and finishing.

Flip may not be the coach for this renaissance, and I fully expect him to be canned after this season. I wonder if D'Antoni would be available -- if the Knicks don't land Melo.


Posted by: zinger1 | February 8, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I think all three would be better off on a veteran led team but just not all three on the same team please. McGee has most likely more upside than the other two but not in Washington as long as Saunders is there. The other two fit in with Saunders guard oriented philosophy on offense but would be less of a fit where ball movement and not ball hoging is the emphasis.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | February 8, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If we're talking about a three year rebuild, Young and McGee are essential for the point guard maturation of John Wall. The Wizards currently don't have any "high-value" players to offer in trade. And they may not get lucky enough in the lottery to get a top five pick.

We just blew up the team last year when we got rid of Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler. We completed the "blow up" with the trade of Gilbert Arenas. We are rebuilding with John Wall. He needs time to build on court and off court chemistry with guys. You can't do that by dismantling the squad each season.

I understand the need to move Blatche, but also moving Young and/or McGee is overkill. Nick is a pure scorer [which every NBA team has, or covets]. McGee is pure athleticism [which can't be taught].

Posted by: musicmanjr | February 8, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas stated it best when he compared Rondo to Wall. Rondo was surrounded by Vets and learned how to play winning basketball; Wall is surrounded by role players and is learning bad habits.

Dre would not start for any other team in the league. McGee although TALENTED has not discipline and is a role player at best. Young, should start as should Booker. I think this team needs to continue the overall, trade the lottery pick and Dre for a VET...talented power forward.

Posted by: Gooddad | February 8, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Nick is a keeper. Blatche is immediate trade bait and Mcgee has the lowest bball IQ in the league and it doesn't look like it's gonna change. He's not a center to build around at this point in his career and may never be.

Posted by: kendallreeves | February 8, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Jmac needs to be made a part of rhe offense, He needs to be developed by playing him ,, just as Wall is played even though he makes mistakes and has poor shooting nights.

Posted by: bobilly1 | February 8, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Keep McGEE, ARMSTRONG, SERAPHIN, N'DIAYE, LEWIS, HOWARD, BOOKER, YOUNG, HINRICH, WALL, and SHAKUR [for this season at least]. Lose BLATCHE next off-season in a trade for an up and coming three along with JIANLIAN, THORNTON, and MARTIN this season for a young five to help McGEE.

Next year's team by position:

@ the five:

McGEE
????? by trade 2011 [JIANLIAN, THORNTON]
ARMSTRONG
N'DIAYE

@ the four

SULLINGER/KANTER 1st pick
LEWIS
SERAPHIN

@ the four/three

BOOKER

@ the three

HOWARD
???? by trade summer 2011 [BLATCHE]

@ the two

YOUNG
MARTIN/2nd round pick

@ the two/one

HINRICH

@ the one

WALL
SHAKUR

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 8, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Wall and KH have played together a lot, basically every game they are both active. It doesnt help Wall to have a backcourt mate who often dribbles the air out of the ball.Posted by: divi3"

You're missing the point. During the first part of the season, we heard that we should let Nick start so we could evaluate his future with the team. Well, it happened. He's got 26 starts. We have a pretty good idea of what he can do and what he can't. Lately he seems to have regressed some. Maybe we should ease up on him a bit.

I'd like to see the Wiz pay some attention to the player they're going to build around: John Wall. We don't know who else will be here in the future, but Wall will be at the core -- or so the Wiz have said. We've seen Wall play next to Nick for a number of games, and Wall's performance has been underwhelming. It's the last third of the season; time to try something else.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 8, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

tough question for a badly coached team. please hire mark jackson if available. to the question... javale has the best upside but needs a big man with previous nba experience to teach him the fundamentals of his position. he has the physical tools, but as i've said before, he just doesn't know the game. either that, or he is so damned anxious to make a play that he overthinks what is developing and finds himself in the wrong postion far too often. young can shoot his butt off, and i can live with what he brings. yeh, he dumbs up a lot, but, gee, he IS from LA: what do you expect? STAR TIME! blatch has a little bit of game. yes, he does shoot too many jumpers, but mostly, he seems to rely on tricks rather than playing like a true power forward. of course, he's not built like a power forward (or even a power guard), so what does one do? put him in the weight run and on the running machine as part of his contract. in closure, we could live and prosper with all three of these guys IF we had a coach who DEVELOPED THEIR TALENTS instead of trying to come up with a "game plan" that cannot work without guys that can shoot the rock. besides, who wants to root for a team that lives and dies by the jump shot? it's nice when you're hot, but dayum!

Posted by: dcjazzman | February 9, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

All three have up side to them,but needs a better coach to bring them out.All three needs to improve their basketball IQ.Great players have played for the Bullets/Wizards that can help Nick,Javale and Blatch in developing their talents.Big Man Elvin Hayes,Wes,Jeff Ruland,Truck Robinson,Kevin Porter,Greg ballard ,Jeff Malone,etc

Posted by: theturfman | February 9, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

1/ Nick Young - He is starting to finally "find" himself. I think he still has even more "upside" then he is starting to show now. I say he should be kept. I think he is becoming a legit starting "2" in the league. He should not get more then 6 mill a year though when they resign him.
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Posted by: BulletsFever | February 8, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse
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$6 million? You have to be joking. You're talking about a league where players like Amir Johnson and Drew Gooden are making close $7 million to be role players and you somehow think NY is good for $6 million? How did you come up with that figure. Based on his consistency through most of the season, his scoring ability, his defense, and his ability to play well with Wall, NY is going to make about $9-11 million a year easily. If the Wizards offer anything less, I'm almost certain he will walk. Let me put this perspective:

Kyle Korver: $5 mill, NY is better
Leandro Barbosa: $7 mill, NY is better
Andres Nocioni: $6.6 mill, NY is better
Travis Outlaw: $7 mill, NY is better

Do you really think NY should be making less or close to the same amount as these players?

Posted by: meatkins | February 9, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Trade Blatche NOW. Give McGee another two years and PLEASE give him a vet big man to teach him the game. And as for Nick Young, please see the following remarks on CNNSI.com:

"Nick Young has no conscience. In the last 10 games, the Wizards' aptly titled "shooting guard" has jacked up 185 shots, making 72, or 37.9 percent, well below the league average of 45.8 percent. He is 14-for-44 from three-point range, which is 31.8 percent, again well below the NBA norm of 36.1 percent. He has managed 16 assists -- 1.6 per game, below the league average of 2.1, although his turnovers are right on the average at 1.4. That his teammates include a lauded playmaker and No. 1 pick in rookie John Wall, and a player who is being overpaid for his shooting capabilities in veteran forward Rashard Lewis, is of no consequence to Young's volume shooting. His wild play is one reason why Washington has lost nine of 10 and ranks 27th in offensive efficiency.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/britt_robson/02/08/power.rankings/index.html#ixzz1DVJuQWEp
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Says it all. Hopeless!!

Posted by: City11 | February 9, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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