Continuing with the theme of throwing NBA veterans against the wall to see what sticks (previously, Darius Miles, Bonzi Wells and Juan Dixon were tossed)…..what about Allan Houston on the Washington Wizards?
Slam lead me to a Newsday blog entry about Houston contemplating yet another return to the game at the age of 37. This time, he’s trying to get a jump on the attempt, instead of pursuing a comeback in the midst of training camp as he did last year. Houston says that he and his agent have been in contact with “a couple” teams, but won’t have a better idea of which ones until after Labor Day.
So, this begs the question, would he work for the Wizards?
The consensus seems to be that the Wiz need a backup for Caron Butler, and that if they sign any player at all, it should probably be a veteran with the savvy to make an immediate contribution on the court and in the locker room.
- He’s the great 3-point shooter that I’d love to see off the bench. Cat is a career 40.2% from deep and 86.3% from the line (his 91.9% led the league in 02-03).
- By all accounts, he’s a good “locker room” guy.
- While he hasn’t been known as an assist man (career average of 2.4 per game), I’m willing to bet that his role in a potential comeback involves more distribution.
- Or, he can just stand around the perimeter waiting for penetration and a dish….don’t really need your knees to do that.
- Houston’s career turnover % isn’t bad (11.7), certainly better than Antonio Daniel’s 14.7 last year, but that’s skewed because as a PG, AD handles the ball much more (Jamison was 2nd in the NBA in 07-08 with a 6.6 TO%; the highest point guard-ish player (basketball-reference only shows the top 20) was Brandon Roy at 20 with 9.3).
- Defense, not known for it….but I guess he’d fit in right with Wizards, wouldn’t he?
- Size: 6’6″ isn’t bad, but kinda/sorta smallish to guard a three, and probably too slow to go chasing after a 2-guard.
- Played his last game on Jan. 19, 2005 (12 points and 4 assists off the bench) – only appeared in 20 games that season, 50 the year before.
In the end, my opinion is much like Slam’s Marcel Mutoni……Allan, why? On the other hand, I can certainly understand a man’s right to pursue playing the sport he loves when the window of opportunity on the profession is unlike most others (I guess you could compare an athlete’s window to other “physical appearance/ability” professions such as being a stripper or a female news anchor).
But at this point, I’m not even sure I’d want the guy on the Wizards, or if he’d be a right fit. I do know that both Houston and Grunfeld played college ball at the University of Tennessee, and that “Stump” signed Allan to a seven-year $56 million contract with the New York Knicks in the summer of ’96……so I guess that’s the basis for my speculation.