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From Small To Big
Sean Fegan at Bullets Forever has a run down on what is likely the biggest question facing the Wizards — well, at least in terms of the starting lineup — who is going to start at the three spot?
Fegan states the feeling we all get: Starting a three-guard lineup of John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich with the spotty defensive (team concept speaking) and rebounding ability of JaVale McGee behind them ain’t going to cut it on most nights.
So what are the other options?
Well, Josh Howard may be on the fast-track to recovery, as Michael Lee reports on Wizards Insider, but the team shouldn’t be anything but cautious with him … and it sounds like they will be.
Al Thornton and Nick Young simply are not options. They may start a game or two, but what they bring to the court is just not the best compliment to Wall/Arenas/Blatche/McGee.
Who might work well with that bunch? Well, Trevor Booker would. A big, diverse defender like him, along with his rebounding prowess, could be a perfect fit … especially when, at this point, he’s only suited to play a bit role on offense. But Booker is also a rookie, so there’s that.
Which brings us to … another experiment that you will likely see Flip Saunders toy with at some point, the antithesis of the three-guard lineup: a 3-4-5 combo of Yi Jianlian, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee.
Your first thought: Which one of those guys will guard the three man?
Good question. Are either Yi or Dray agile enough to fit the bill? Your skepticism is justified.
Unless … Flip’s hyperbolic paraboloid transitional floating zone defense, or some other type of zone, is suitable enough, and grasped by the players enough, to the point where most driving lanes and holes in coverage are minimized.
With rebounding becoming the greatest team concern, and Yi surfacing as the team’s best rebounder, it just might be crazy enough, or needed enough, to work.
And don’t laugh at the Yi rebounding comments (those in Milwaukee and New Jersey), he’s done an excellent job on the glass over the first two preseason games — 12 boards per 36 minutes and an 18.2-percent Total Rebound Percentage (an estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while he’s on the floor). Only preseason numbers, but still.
Plus, on offense, both Yi and Dray are capable of spreading the floor. By the way … soon-to-be-departed Cavs beat reporter, Brian Windhorst, Tweeted that last night was the best he’s ever seen Yi play.
Experiments are fun, especially when the team has low expectations. We will see.
>> The Wizards will play their third game of the preseason against the Bulls in Chicago tonight. Of course, and unfortunately, the game will not be on television. Be patient friends, the regular season will be here soon.
>> UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Wizards are considering signing Yi Jianlian to an extension before the Nov. 1 deadline. Mike Prada of Bullets Forever thinks it would be “silly” and “not a good thing.” I’m pretty sure I would probably have to disagree (well, depending on the cost).
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A couple pics from ‘Social Sundays at Stadium Club’ via eVIPlist.com. Just Jimmy, chillin’ with his bros Kevin Palmer and Lester Hudson after a Drake concert.
Slam of the Day:
Andray Blatche on Ryan Hollins.
[via Slam Online]
Shoals and Ziller revisit the Larry Hughes-Gilbert Arenas backcourt combo and rank it amongst other famed unconventional NBA guard combos.
Tom Haberstroh on ESPN Insider breaks down the 10 most unmovable NBA contracts. Not surprisingly, Gilbert Arenas makes the list. Surprisingly (kinda), he’s ranked fifth … behind Joe Johnson (No. 1), then Richard Jefferson, Elton Brand and Rudy Gay. Click here if you have an ESPN Insider account.
DC Basket Cases, an excellent and dedicated blog that covers the Washington Mystics, is not too happy with the recent departure of former Mystics GM Angela Taylor (who the Basket Cases call, “THE BEST GM IN FRANCHISE HISTORY” (in all CAPS)), due to an inability to “reach an agreement on a new deal.” I’m sure there’s more to the story, but it still sounds like Ted Leonsis might have some explaining to do, which he apparently has yet to do via his blog.
Seems like most of what Dave McKenna of the Washington City Paper does these days is rip on Redskins owner Lil’ Dan Snyder. I’m with it. Recently McKenna has been feeding the algorithm with pixels on Snyder’s height. Read here and here.
Kirk Hinrich seems like a chill bro, albeit, one who is surprised to see himself in a Wizards uniform.
I kinda like that a Washington Post fan blogger is able to take digs at Michael Wilbon RE: Gilbert Arenas.
Dan Steinberg shares something or another about people in the 1940s writing about the Bullets.
[DC Sports Bog]
Evidently DeShawn Stevenson has already proved all of his doubters and critics wrong.
[Dallas Morning News]
@DocFunk is back!
[Brain On Funk]
This one too.
[Brain On Funk]
Hakeem Olajuwon trains Dwight Howard. Good stuff.
[Ball Don't Lie]
Donovan McNabb has a mean tuck-in game.
[DC Sports Bog]
Speaking of … Rasheed Wallace in a McNabb jersey.
The Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world in 1884.
Is Google Chrome going to win the browser war?
The Miami Police Department was encouraging people to report gang activity with cartoon images of Jay-Z.
[The Daily Wh.at]