A couple weeks ago, Rob Mahoney of Upside and Motor released an NBA Archetype Hierarchy chart [click on the link to check out the full blog post and explanations]. Here is Rob’s actual chart:
So naturally, I wanted to categorize each Wizard in primary and secondary roles. But before I get to that, here’s a Rob’s chart with the archetypes the Wizards do not have grayed out (the Wiz obviously have neither an elite point guard nor a refined big man):
And now, a fancy graphic representing Wizards players and their primary and secondary archetypes:
If you don’t like graphics, here’s the listing:
- Gilbert Arenas – Surreal Scorer; Megalomaniacal small guard
- Andray Blatche – Question mark; Skilled, but flawed post
- Caron Butler – Salad Bar; Renaissance man
- Javaris Crittenton – Question mark; Scoring ‘combo guard’
- Juan Dixon – Scoring ‘combo guard’; Chucker
- Brendan Haywood – Interior defensive presence; Skilled, but flawed post
- Mike James – Scoring ‘combo guard’; Chucker
- Antawn Jamison – Renaissance Man; Locker room chemist
- JaVale McGee – Raw, project center; Under construction
- Dominic McGuire – Intangible role player; Wing stopper
- Oleksiy Pecherov – Three-point shooting big; Under construction
- Darius Songaila – Hustle Player; Intangible role player
- DeShawn Stevenson – Chucker; wing stopper
- Etan Thomas – Brute rebounder; Question mark
- Nick Young – High talent, low IQ wing player; Chucker
And finally, some explanatory bullets:
- I promoted Juan Dixon to a ‘Scoring combo guard’ first and ‘Chucker’ second as he’s brought some veteran craftsmanship to his game, but still has the propensity to do the latter.
- Gilbert Arenas could be filed under ‘Three-point bomber’, but that title is more indicative of a specialized skill, while ‘Surreal Scorer’ is more all encompassing just like Gil. And of course, he just has to be associated with word ‘Megalomaniacal.’ And actually, Gilbert would be a tertiary ‘Chucker’ before being associated with 3-point bombing.
- Why is Brendan Haywood a secondary ‘Skilled, but flawed post’? Because his offensive moves are still robotic.
- Some may consider Mike James a ‘Chucker’ first, but his ability to rack up assists and rebounds shifts his offensive gunning to a secondary level.
- JaVale McGee is obviously a ‘Raw, project center’, which could also be synonymous with ‘Under Construction’, but I felt that this secondary category was more fitting than ‘Skilled, but flawed post’, or ‘Three-point shooting big’ as this juncture.
- Etan Thomas is not an idealistic ‘Brute rebounder’, but what else can he be? — A question mark.
- Antawn Jamison is not a vocal locker room chemist, but who says you need to be? (Jamison could also be considered a ‘Mortal scorer’)
- Oleksiy Pecherov could be a ‘Question Mark’, but given his youth, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and labeling him under construction for the time being.