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Getting To Know Your Potential Wizards

Updated: July 6, 2009

Mike Jones of the Washington Times reports that, according the league sources, Ernie Grunfeld has four players targeted near the center of his dart board: Rasho Nesterovic, Channing Frye, Jason Collins and Jamaal Magloire.

While none of these big men are the ‘sexy’ pick fans desire, each might be serviceable for the current amount of minutes Grunfeld is pigeon-holing the potential addition into. And each, according to Jones, might have to settle for the veteran’s minimum in the current economic environment.

Of course, with whispers of Nesterovic returning to Europe, I would not be surprised if he spurned the NBA to play for more money overseas. Nonetheless, Jones is usually spot-on with his reporting, so there’s a fair chance one of these guys will be joining the Wizards in the future. Let’s learn a little bit about each:

Rasho Nesterovic

11 NBA seasons, 769 games, 4 teams – Minnesota, San Antonio, Toronto, Indiana
Career Per 36: 11.0 pts, 8.3 reb, 1.9 blk, 1.5 tov, 4.4 pf, .501 fg%, .588 ft%
  • He turned 33 on May 30th and shares a birthday with the late Eddie Griffin, Billy Donovan, Manny Ramirez, Cee-Lo (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame), a co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jake The Snake (the wrestler, not the guy on Bullets Forever), P.J. Carlesimo, and Wynonna Judd.
  • In 2003-04 he finished fourth behind Ben Wallace, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett with a defensive rating of 92.2 (points allowed per 100 possessions) — In ’04-05 he finished fifth behind Duncan, Tyson Chandler, Wallace, and Marcus Camby. In both seasons, he played with the Spurs, starting at center in all games he played (70 and 82 respectively), and winning a championship ring in the latter season.
  • As a member of the Timberwolves on November 24, 2001, he scored a career high 24 points in a win against his future team, the San Antonio Spurs. That very same night, Michael Jordan attempted 24 shots, making seven, as the Wizards beat the Boston Celtics. November 24th is also the birthday of Ledell Eackles.
  • Because of war in his homeland of Yugoslavia, he moved to Greece and had to change his last name to Makris in order to gain Greek citizenship.
  • He has made exactly one three-pointer in the playoffs, and one in the regular season. You can watch the latter here.
  • He’s been dunked on by Andre Igoudala, Jason Richardson, Kevin Durant, and many more.
  • John Hollinger’s scouting report prior to last season:

    Defensively, he’s a valuable player because of his size, and he’s an above average post defender who can block shots. But his rebound rate was again well below average for a center (51st out of 65) and he’s not particularly nimble.

  • Rasho Nesterovic’s Season Review from Indy Cornrows:

    Rasho Nesterovic knows how to play basketball and he will forever have my respect for his understanding of ball movement, passing angles, as well as his ability to knock down the open 15-footer.
    The subtleties in Rasho’s game add up to a valuable big, especially in a system reliant on ball and player movement. Working in the half court from the high post, Rasho must be accounted for or he will punish you with the jumper setter or by setting up a teammate with a pass

Channing Frye

4 NBA seasons, 278 games, 2 teams – New York, Portland
Career Per 36: 14.8 pts, 8.2 reb, 0.9 blk, 1.8 tov, 4.7 pf, .457 fg%, .799 ft%
  • He turned 26 on May 17th and shares a birthday with NFL QBs Matt Ryan and Matt Cassel, Tony Parker, Hubert Davis, Busta Rhymes, Danny Manning, Bob Saget, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
  • He has scored a regular season career high of 30 points three times. One such occasion came as a Knick in a win against the Wizards on January 6, 2006. He did so on 11-13 shooting from the field in just over 26 minutes of action off the bench. January 6 also happens to be the birthday of Gilbert Arenas.
  • He attended the same high school, St. Mary’s in Arizona, as current Trailblazer Jerryd Bayless.
  • He was a 2006 NBA All-Rookie Team 1st teamer along with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Charlie Villanueva and Andrew Bogut.
  • He had Lasik Eye Surgery in the Summer of ’08 which was documented on YouTube.
  • He’s might not be the best out-of-bounds passer/quarterback, but is good at getting the ball to stop on the rim.
  • He has a blog where he once made an on-point post about the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon.
  • Percentage of his shots that were jumpers by season: 08-09: 81%; 07-08: 72%; 06-07: 78%; 05-06: 64%
  • John Hollinger’s scouting report prior to last season:

    Frye’s biggest weakness is his defense, as his lack of muscle and toughness permit opponents to steamroll him around the basket. This is a bigger issue when he plays center than power forward, as he moves well for his size and can do a decent job defending the perimeter.
    Offensively, he’s mainly a pick-and-pop guy who is looking to shoot mid-range jumpers from the top of the key … a low-mistake player and he can finish around the basket off of a dish.

  • Channing Frye’s Season Review from Blazer’s Edge (the whole thing is a must-read):

    In a perfect world Channing Frye would always be a Portland Trail Blazer. Most media members I’ve heard from have a near-unnatural fondness for the guy. He’s described as the perfect fit for Portland’s culture, a guy who brings jocularity to the locker room, a guy who handles his business like a pro, a guy who can take interviews that other players shy away from and turn them into a positive. If this were a personality contest or we were engaged in culture wars, Channing would be an All-Star on his way to getting his jersey raised.
    Channing’s promise is primarily offensive. This is the toll of doom for him. He drifted farther and farther outside and became less and less productive as his role continued to decline. Channing’s secondary benefit is rebounding. His production was cut in half there.

Jason Collins

8 NBA seasons, 572 games, 3 teams – New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota
Career Per 36: 6.5 pts, 6.6 reb, 0.9 blk, 1.4 tov, 4.8 pf, .410 fg%, .648 ft%
  • He will turn 31 on December 2nd and shares a birthday with Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, Britney Spears, Monica Seles, the gorgeous Lucy Liu, and of course, his twin Jarron.
  • He went to the prestigious Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. Notable alumni include: Bridget Fonda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Lovitz, Jason Segel, Tori Spelling, Dara Torres, Robert Wagner, and many more.
  • He scored a regular season high of 20 points as a New Jersey Net against the Orlando Magic on January 8, 2005. On that same night, Gilbert Arenas scored 40 points in a win against Jason’s future team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • He was taken 18th in the 2001 NBA Draft, two spots ahead of Brendan Haywood.
  • Led the NBA with 322 personal fouls in 04-05.
  • John Hollinger’s scouting report prior to last season:

    Collins doesn’t rebound or block shots, but otherwise he’s an excellent defensive center, especially against huge post players like Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming.
    He’s a very good help defender despite a lack of speed, simply because he knows where to be and gives a consistent effort. However, he’s become increasingly vulnerable in transition situations due to his declining speed.

Jamaal Magloire

9 NBA seasons, 592 games, 6 teams – Charlotte/New Orleans, Milwaukee, Portland, New Jersey, Dallas, Miami
Career Per 36: 12.5 pts, 10.8 reb, 1.5 blk, 2.5 tov, 4.8 pf, .480 fg%, .653 ft%
  • He turned 31 on May 21 and shares a birthday with Smokin’ Ricky Williams, The Notorious B.I.G., Judge Reinhold, Al Franken, Ron Isley, and Mr. T.
  • According to his Miami Heat profile, he has no tattoos.
  • Nickname is the “Big Cat” — given to him by PJ Brown because he went to Kentucky.
  • The first job he ever had was as a paperboy … that’s a dying industry if you didn’t know.
  • He once tried to break the back of a Dook Blue Devil.
  • Like DeShawn Stevenson, Magloire cannot feel his face, or can he?
  • Pulled down a career regular season career high 22 rebounds as a Milwaukee Buck against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 21, 2006.
  • In ’03-04, he finished 7th in the NBA in rebounds per game (10.3) behind Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Ben Wallace, Erick Dampier, Carlos Boozer, and Zach Randolph. This was the only season in which Magloire averaged double digit rebounds, and coincidentally, the only time he was an All-Star. Occurring when the Hornets were in the East, most attribute Magloire’s AS game appearance to Ben Wallace being the only other ‘quality’ center in the conference. At the time, some experts believed that Magloire’s presence was responsible for LeBron James getting “snubbed” from the game as a rookie.
  • John Hollinger’s scouting report prior to last season:

    A big, plodding center, Magloire likes to score from the low post but has a fairly limited arsenal and needs to get deep position to be effective. His go-to move is a jump hook from the left block, which he can get off while hardly jumping thanks to some very long arms.

    Defensively, Magloire’s lack of mobility has become an increasing liability, especially as the rest of the league has become smaller and faster around him. He’s still a big body who can bang in the post and rebound, though.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.