#WizardsRank: Ranking Washington Wizards from the Last Five Seasons (Nos. 56 to 52)
Truth About It.net will turn a whole five years old at the end of this October.
Hard to believe/interesting. Nonetheless, over the life of the site from the 2007-08 season to 2011-12, we’ve seen/lived/suffered through 131 wins, 263 losses, four coaches, two owners, one GM/team president, one Phil Chenier mustache removal, and 56 total players (amazingly, 48 players over the last three seasons).
TAI anonymously polled 27 members of the Wizards pixel establishment — from mainstream media to new media, TAI staffers included, to a few pixel consumers (readers of the site) — and got 17 responses.
Participants were given the full list of 56 in alphabetical order, and included for each player were total games, minutes, PER (player efficiency rating), and WS/48 (win-shares per 48 minutes) only from the last five seasons. Participants were asked to rate each player on the scale of 1-to-10 according to this criteria: on court performance; off court performance; intangibles; and own personal memory. Yes, this is totally subjective, but relatively collective. So let’s get it started…
NOTE: this post will contain players ranked 56 to 52, and we will update one player at a time every hour or so.
1.18 out of 10
(4 games, 39 minutes, -0.2 PER, -0.204 WS/48)
Cedric Jackson might be Mr. Irrelevant, but he is not without his notable Wizards moments. Signed to a 10-day contract on March 31, 2010 (and eventually for the rest of that season) Jackson’s career-best NBA game (out of 12 total), came in his last NBA game, Washington’s final contest of 2009-10 against the Indiana Pacers. The Sacramento Kings concluded that season on April 13 with 25 wins, second-worst to Minnesota. Both Golden State and Washington entered the final day, April 14, with 25 wins; and both teams won to spite their draft lottery hopes. In the Wizards’ case, Jackson scored all of his career-high eight points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 1:31 left that served as the last points of the game, giving Washington the 98-97 win over Indy. The Wizards later lost a coin toss with Golden State for third place in the lottery, but came away with the first pick anyway (and John Wall). What I most remember about Cedric Jackson is him walking around the Wizards’ locker room with a Cleveland Cavaliers backpack. Back then, we were only 23 months removed from the Wizards falling to the “rival” Cavs in the 2008 playoffs. Sure, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson were gone by the time Jackson arrived, but something still didn’t seem right about it. Still, there Jackson was — oblivious to pretend rivalries — and well, since he played for the Cavaliers barely two months prior, I think guy just needed a backpack.
Kyle Weidie ][ @Truth_About_It
1.24 out of 10
(2 games, 29 minutes, 1.1 PER, -0.161 WS/48)
Perhaps more unlikely than Mike Bibby never making an NBA All-Star team was his two-game tenure as a member of the Wizards. On February 23, 2011, Bibby was traded from Atlanta, along with Mo Evans, Jordan Crawford, and a 2011 first-round draft pick (also known as Chris Singleton), to the Wizards for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. Then in his 13th season, he was used to being in the playoffs. He made three consecutive postseasons with Atlanta and five out of six tries with Sacramento before that, so the lottery-bound Wizards weren’t exactly his destination of choice. Bibby could have been a no-show (the way Zydrunas Illgauskas had been for the Wizards the year before), but he was a gamer and played not once, but twice for the Wiz. The first game turned out to be an audition (a lackluster one at that) for the team that would eventually be Bibby’s post-Washington destination, the Miami Heat. He missed all four of his shots from the field, but still made good use of his 10 minutes of play by handing out four assists in an eight point Wizards road loss. In his second (and final) game as a Wizard, Bibby had four assists, three rebounds, and one magical basket in a six point home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Just two days later, Bibby, in a move that owner Ted Leonsis called both unexpected and positive, shunned the entire $6.2 million he was set to make in 2011-12, the final year of his contract. The Wizards bought Bibby out and days later he signed with LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Heat. However, he didn’t win that NBA ring that he chanced $6.2 million to get and spent last season wilting away with the Knicks.
Rashad Mobley ][ @Rashad20
1.47 out of 10
(2 games, 8 minutes, 33.3 PER, .295 WS/48)
Fact: Paul Davis appeared in two games with the Wizards, which combined with his prior time-spent with the Los Angeles Clippers, makes his NBA career a complete schedule of 82 games.
Fact: Paul Davis played eight total minutes with Washington. His stat line: 5 points, 2-4 FGs, 1-2 FTs, 3 assists, 1 block, 0 rebounds, 0 turnovers, 0 fouls. As you can see by his 33.3 PER and .295 WS/48, Davis is a statistician’s wet dream.
Fact: Paul Davis appeared on the television show Millionaire Matchmaker. I made myself watch it and came away thinking, ‘Yep, that guy is a jock.’ The caption on the Millionaire Matchmaker website: “Paul believes he’s a perfect 10 but he has no personality.”
Fact: Paul Davis got paid to get dunked on by Dwyane Wade in a Gatorade commercial.
Fact: Paul Davis was waived by the Wizards to make room for Earl Boykins.
Fact: Paul Davis worked out with Gilbert Arenas at Tim Grover’s now bankrupt gym in Chicago in the 2009 summer. During the 2009-10 preseason, Davis told the Washington Post‘s Michael Lee this about himself and Arenas:
“He talked about coming here. I had other offers, but I wanted to come here to play with him. He looked great in Chicago. He’s still looking great. My main decision was to come here and play with him. With a healthy team, we can really make a push and surprise a lot of people.”
Fact: Surprise, 2009-10 Wizards!
Fact: I feel bad that Paul Davis is ranked ahead of Cedric Jackson (but not Mike Bibby).
Kyle Weidie ][ @Truth_About_It
1.47 out of 10
(4 games, 52 minutes, 7.3 PER, -0.026 WS/48)
The Wizards third annual late season 10-day contract musical chair tryouts stopped on Edwin Ubilles in March 2012. Before his call up, the 6-foot-6 swingman was averaging 20 points for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA’s D-League. Ubiles became the first player from Siena College to play in the NBA when he made his debut in Washington’s 108-99 victory over New Jersey on March 21. This was also Nene’s first game as a Wizard, as well as a night where Deron Williams was tossed for arguing with the refs while Jay-Z sat courtside. It was quite a memorable first contest for Ublies, but overall, his four game tenure was a forgettable one. Ubiles shot poorly (5-for-18 FGs) and had only one assist in 52 minutes of action. Thus, it was fitting that he wore the jersey number of a recently traded Nick Young (No. 1), whose main issue in D.C. was not being able to create for teammates. If Ubiles never makes it back into the League, he can always brag to his friends about making a single NBA 3-pointer versus the Atlanta Hawks. Fine by me if he wants to leave out the part about it being a bank shot.
Adam McGinnis ][ @AdamMcGinnis
1.53 out of 10
(25 games, 261 minutes, 0.3 PER, -0.067 WS/48)
Quinton Ross had a middling stint as a Washington Wizard. A supposed defensive stopper, Ross was shipped to the D.C. from his hometown Mavericks, along with Josh Howard, James Singleton, Drew Gooden (who was traded to the Clippers four days later), for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, and cash in February 2010. In his 25 appearances in Wizards blue, Ross averaged 1.5 points on .309 shooting and 0.9 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high eight points in a late February clash with the Chicago Bulls, and grabbed a season-high four rebounds on three separate occasions. Ross also got a season-high 28 minutes of run in a 116-118 loss to the New York Knicks; he scored seven points on 3-for-6 shooting before fouling out of the game, but did manage to sink a leaner from the 15 feet, scoring a 3-point play, which prompted Mike Prada of Bullets Forever to tweet, “Even a blind squirrel can find a nut sometimes.” At best, Ross was a below average player, the numbers say so much—it wasn’t until a meeting with the Utah Jazz in late March, four-fifths through his stay in the District, that Ross lifted his PER into positive territory. But there was a (barely visible) silver lining from a sabermetric perspective: Quentin Ross was far and away Wizards’ best pick-and-roll defender when guarding the ball, allowing just 0.5 PPP in those situations on .227 shooting. At season’s end, Ross exercised his player option for $1.15 million, but was quickly swapped for the No. 6 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, New Jersey’s Yi Jianlian, and cash considerations in June 2010. The Nets waived an injured Ross in March 2011 because they “needed a body.” It looks like the end of the NBA road for Ross (he spent 10 games last season with the D-League’s Canton Charge), but he’ll be survived by his cousin, Grizzlies’ forward Darrell Arthur.