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Washington Wizards Among The NBA Archetype Hierarchy

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Updated: December 29, 2008



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):
Washington Wizards and the NBA Archetype HierarchyAnd now, a fancy graphic representing Wizards players and their primary and secondary archetypes:
Washington Wizards players and their primary and secondary archetypesIf you don’t like graphics, here’s the listing:

  1. Gilbert Arenas – Surreal Scorer; Megalomaniacal small guard
  2. Andray Blatche – Question mark; Skilled, but flawed post
  3. Caron Butler – Salad Bar; Renaissance man
  4. Javaris Crittenton – Question mark; Scoring ‘combo guard’
  5. Juan Dixon – Scoring ‘combo guard’; Chucker
  6. Brendan Haywood – Interior defensive presence; Skilled, but flawed post
  7. Mike James – Scoring ‘combo guard’; Chucker
  8. Antawn Jamison – Renaissance Man; Locker room chemist
  9. JaVale McGee – Raw, project center; Under construction
  10. Dominic McGuire – Intangible role player; Wing stopper
  11. Oleksiy Pecherov – Three-point shooting big; Under construction
  12. Darius Songaila – Hustle Player; Intangible role player
  13. DeShawn Stevenson – Chucker; wing stopper
  14. Etan Thomas – Brute rebounder; Question mark
  15. 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.


One Comment

  1. JC

    December 30, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Javaris Crittenton is not going to take this slighting lightly.

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