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The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

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they beat them so bad it makes me wonder how many wins we would have if they actually tried every game

that spurs game was ridiculous

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Finally jesus.

I haven't been able to watch much recently, but damn Nick Young has been killing it in the box scores. John Wall with the pretty nice stat line, 19 points 12 assists 2 blocks 2 steals and 2 turnovers. And I like to see Josh Howard back in there, I think he can contribute next year.

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Andray Blatche...there's just something about your face that makes me just wanna punch you as hard as I can

God I thought I was the only one. His face is like the personification of the concept of laziness. Seriously they should put his ugly mug in the dictionary next to the word.

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And I like to see Josh Howard back in there, I think he can contribute next year.

If he's smart he gets the hell away from this team and this medical staff.

Go to Phoenix and have a career resurrection. When healthy, the guy is a damn good player.

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Andray Blatche...there's just something about your face that makes me just wanna punch you as hard as I can

i agree

he should be fined every time he does that ridiculous spin move

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i agree

he should be fined every time he does that ridiculous spin move

Oh man that spin move is brutal and completely out of control. Someone needs to tell that fool that new moves should be worked on in the offseason not on game day.

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Damnit. At this point, I was actively rooting for 0-41. If you're gonna suck, you might as well accomplish something in the process.

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Since when has Nick Young learned to shoot?

Also, NBA.com is the best sports league site I've seen... okay I've only compared to NFL.com but the videos load up fast, without ads are high quality and nice.

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Nick was always a good shooter. He never had much trouble creating of the dribble but his spot up shooting was not that good.

He's matured a lot as a player. He's gone from a total dumbass to a valuable player who can one day be a contributor on a winning team. His mid range game is absolutely nasty. Wish he didn't suck as much as a passer but that will be masked by having Wall as the PG.

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And I awoke from a long dark sleep on February 13th, tuned into Comcast and behold, The Wizards win a ****ing road game!!!!

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I'm not a huge fan of ernie or flip, but my gut tells me that if the plan is to replace them you have to get a better gm and better hc. The list of quailty candidates to fill those positions is not very large in the nba, and list of avaliable ones that'd want to try and save this franchise is even smaller. Id be willing to part ways with both if we can replace them with someone better, otherwise, live on the fact both were at least semi-succesful elsewhere.

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Maybe one day we can get a "2011 Comprehensive NBA Draft Database" LOL...I know a lot of us have talked about who the Wizards should draft..here's a scout's take of some prospects thus far (rest of article in link)

You think you watch a lot of games? Finch watches games in his sleep. No, really -- his DirecTV feed is piped into his eyelids.

You think you travel a lot? Puh-leeze. Finch's frequent flyer miles have frequent flyer miles. When he walks into any hotel, the bellhops shout his name, like the bartenders used to do when Norm walked into Cheers.

Finch, you see, is an NBA scout. Only, he's not just one scout, he's several scouts rolled into one, an amalgam of conversations I've had with five NBA scouts over the last week to get their assessments of 56 college players who could be available in this year's NBA draft. Since NBA scouts are not permitted to be quoted talking about underclassmen, I granted my scouts anonymity so they could be candid. Then I combined their quotes together to sound like it came from one person, an invented character named Finch.

The name Finch is the creation of my highbrow colleague Alex Wolff, who affixed it to an anonymous NBA scout whom Alex followed several years ago for a story he wrote in SI. Alex called his scout Finch because that was Scout's surname in To Kill A Mockingbird. Like I said, Alex is a lot more sophisticated than you and me. Or Finch, for that matter.

I've done this exercise for several years now, but this year it was easier to develop a consensus. That reflects Finch's general opinion that this is a weak draft with respect to both the collegians and the European imports. Most of Finch's opinions boiled down to, "Yeah, I like him OK, but he's not gonna be our franchise player." So keep that in mind as you read through these reports.

(Incidentally, my weekly AP ballot plus follows the quotes from my scouts.)

Allow me, then, to present the Book of Finch (in alphabetical order). He really, really knows what he's talking about. Just ask him.

Harrison Barnes, 6-foot-8 freshman forward, North Carolina

I finally figured him out. People have been trying to say he's Marvin Williams, but I think he's Sean Elliott. He's not a star, but he's an all-around good player. If you're expecting a franchise player, you're going to be sadly mistaken, but he can definitely help. If he came out, I'm not sure he'd be a top-five pick, but if he slipped to eight or nine people would come up with reasons why they should take him instead of why they shouldn't.

Keith Benson, 6-11 senior center, Oakland

I like him. He's good, he's skilled, he has had numbers against good teams. He's almost a 10-rebounds-a-night guy but can face up and shoot, too. He reminds me of Horace Grant because he's a pretty good offensive rebounder and can step out a little.

Alec Burks, 6-6 sophomore guard, Colorado

Whoa, can he really score. If that guy gets stronger, it's over. He's a big-time talent. Not a great shooter, but a good shooter. He has a great skill set and I love his decision making. He tries to do too much and part of that is he doesn't have a good team. He gets to the foul line a ton, and NBA guys like that. He's first round for sure, maybe even in the lottery.

Norris Cole, 6-2 senior guard, Cleveland State

He's a pretty good player. I like his command of the team, command of the game. He really tries to play the game the right way.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/seth_davis/02/14/nba.scouting.finch/index.html?eref=sihp

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