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What You Will See: Wizards Practicing Toward A Season

Updated: December 25, 2011

Merry/happy time of the year for whatever it is that you and friends/family enjoy celebrating/taking part in. Hope all of that is going well. What you will see in this Christmas Day post is scenes from scrimmaging at Wizards practice on Thursday, December 22. Prepare yourself, fans of the team, for an ugly start to the season as a young team looks to progress toward improvement in uncertain times, i.e., enjoy!

What You Will See:

The Wizards making extra passes in the early offense — even JaVale McGee passing out of the post, go figure (I imagine this happens because McGee knows a double team is coming) — and Jordan Crawford ultimately finding Mo Evans in the corner for a jumper.

What You Will See:

Nick Young can rebound? Sure he can, when he wants to. Rebounding is a skill that can be honed, but it is also a skill that can be more easily acquired than other basketball skills. All it takes is desire. The Wizards certainly want Young to rebound more this season. Heck, for contract purposes, Nick Young probably wants Nick Young to rebound more. So here are two clips of him rebounding in practice. Regular season success to be determined through the numbers…

What You Will See:

JaVale McGee will show fans a lot of good things this season. He’s going to put up some great numbers. He will do some amazing things on the court. But for people who know basketball, he will continue to turn hairs gray. Why? Well, he just doesn’t pay attention to things that he has surely been told over and over to play attention to. Also, as someone who should be the anchor on defense, directing traffic according to what he sees, McGee seems to very often get caught watching the ball. Guess that’s just Pierre doing his own self-absorbed thing. Whatever is clever.

In the clip below, John Wall’s is coming down the court after a change in possession and Andray Blatche easily sneaks baseline behind the unaware defense for a layup. Toward the end, you hear assistant coach Randy Wittman say, “JaVale… [possible expletive]… HOW’S THAT HAPPEN?!?”

What You Will See:

McGee misses a rushed baseline hook shot… and that’s okay. In transition after the change in possession, John Wall drives the ball right down the middle and then finds his old friend Nick Young in the right corner for a wide open, spot-up three. Welcome back Nick!

What You Will See:

Jordan Crawford, through his continued education of being a facilitator at the point, doesn’t execute a possession that cleanly, but he does find Roger Mason Jr. in the corner for three. Flip Saunders commends him for the extra pass.

What You Will See:

One alternative, or beneficiary, option that Crawford provides at point guard is his ability to hit the jumper (unlike John Wall and unlike Shelvin Mack, as seen thus far). So, the fact that teams most often can’t go under the screen when guarding Crawford could better open instances of offense for the Wizards. Of course, in the clip below, when a jumper opens for Crawford off a ball screen, there arises controversy. Trevor Booker rolls off his pick setting in a manner that will probably be called an offensive foul by NBA referees. Thus, John Wall complains.

What You Will See:

Some slight ball movement off an out-of-bounds play gets Nick Young a long three from the top of the key. I can easily see Young increasing upon his 4.8 three-point attempts per 36 minutes and his 1.9 three-point makes per 36 this season.

What You Will See:

You saw Nick Young rebounding earlier, now how about an assist? Yes, he can do those too. Here, John Wall finds Young on a cut, who then dribble-drives and finds Andray Blatche under the basket for a dunk as the defense opens up.  Note the “hockey assist” for Wall.

What You Will See:

Roger Mason Jr. hitting a corner three to win the last practice scrimmage of the day.

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  • Joba

    If Nick Young Rebounds and get about 3-4 assist a game like he did in the video, expect him and the Wizards to have a breakout season man

  • ernest

    really great post. how did you manage to get access to this practice session?

    one thing i noticed (due to the proximity of the filming), is that wall palms the ball a lot. like iverson amount a lot.

    does he ever get called for it?

  • Thanks Ernest… access came with standard Wizards media credentials. We are usually allowed to observe the last 30 minutes or practice sessions.

    And yes, Wall palms the ball a good deal and has gotten called for a time or two thus far in the preseason. He needs to watch that because the refs seem to be watching more than ever.