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Pour Out a Little Liquor for All the Ex-Wizards, the 2013-14 NBA Season is Here

Updated: October 29, 2013


“Yo, this is a public announcement. Man, I’m so sick of seeing trash on the damn street, man. I’m sick of y’all folks coming up out of the store, taking your little candy out and throwing the paper on the ground. Man, it’s f*cking up the hood. Also, man, I’m sick of y’all folks standing around, you know, when you’re talking to your folks or something, y’all dranking on a little something-something… you take it, you pour it out to your dead homies but then you throw the bitch right at them.”

—Goodie Mob, Still Standing Album, 1998

[Ed. Note: So many ex-Wizards and #SoWizards still running around the NBA. Well, several found themselves cut as teams finalized their rosters for the regular season. But still, there are 17 former Wizards listed below who can call themselves NBA players on opening night. TAI’s Arish Narayen takes you on the run-down. —K.W.]

EX-WIZARDS, Dateline: NBA Opening Night

—Arish Narayen

Shelvin Mack — Selected by the Wizards in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, Mack never played well enough to win the backup point guard job. The team waived Mack a second time in January 2013, opting instead to retain Garrett Temple (on his sixth NBA team, no less) and to sign Eric Maynor as depth behind John Wall. With the cutting of Royal Ivey, Mack has landed the third point guard spot on the Atlanta Hawks.

Othyus Jeffers — “O” averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 boards in 16 games for the Wizards during the 2010-11 season. He is currently either attending Subway University, or fighting to make the Minnesota Timberwolves roster. I’d like to believe it is the former, but unfortunately, Jeffers was recently cut.

Hamady N’Diaye — During the 2011-12 campaign, his last with the team, N’Diaye played three minutes for the Wizards. He attempted one shot, on February 4, 2012, against the Clippers (obligatory #NeverForget). He missed. The 7-footer has taken the last roster spot in Sacramento.

Brendan Haywood — The ex-Wizards center is now a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, and will be out until at least mid-January after undergoing surgery on his left foot. Is that the Tenth Circle of Hell? I’m so sorry, Brendan. But at least you are reunited with Michael Jordan and back home in North Carolina.

Roger Mason, Jr. — Filling the court-spacing role of the departed Mike Miller, Roger Mason has made the Miami Heat’s regular season roster. A career 38.4 percent shooter from 3-point range, Mason will benefit from playing with The Big Three™, and should be open from downtown for the duration of his contract.

Cartier Martin — Like Mack, Cartier Martin has just barely made the final roster of the Atlanta Hawks. SMART STAT: Martin shot a higher percentage on 3-pointers (39.7% on 146 attempts) than he did 2s (35.8% on 106 attempts) with the Wizards last season. This season, Atlanta may waive him in favor of Royal Ivey. The game is too fierce, man.

Is Jannero Pargo still in the league? — Apparently, yes. Pargo is on the Bobcats, and led all scorers in a preseason game against the Bucks! I’d tell you more, but I’m actually crying as I type this.

Mike James — The 38-year-old ex-Wizard was invited to training camp by the Bulls. He has once again managed to stick around in the NBA, now as the Bulls’ 13th man and will serve as emergency depth behind Derrick Rose.

Hilton Armstrong — Recently waived by the Pacers, Hilton Armstrong appeared in 41 games for the Wizards during the 2010-11 season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Armstrong also averaged 1.8 fouls per game, nearly reaching the fabled Full Vesely (for the uninitiated, more fouls than points) during his time in D.C.

Alonzo Gee — In two seasons with the Wizards, Alonzo Gee averaged 14 minutes played per game. Last season, on a bad Cavaliers team, Gee started in all 82 games at the small forward spot, averaging 31 minutes per game, 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. Though not much of a threat offensively, Gee was a low-cost, solid wing defender that Washington waived two separate times.

Shaun Livingston — After signing as a free agent with the Nets over the summer, Livingston is now the primary backup to Deron Williams in Brooklyn. The oft-injured journeyman guard played well for the Nets during the preseason, and will likely see more minutes due to D-Will’s lingering ankle injury.

Andray Blatche — Some #HotBlatcheTakes for you: he and Kevin Garnett are now teammates/besties; the Wizards are still paying him more than the Nets (about $7.5 million); ‘Lapdance Tuesday’ has been changed to ‘Dryhump Thursday; ‘Dray was a productive player off the bench for the Nets last season, and I know we are all rooting for him to do well in the playoffs.

Mike Miller — Not that any Wiz fan needs a reminder, but back in 2009, Washington traded expiring contract fodder and a the fifth pick in the first round pick (which became Ricky Rubio) to get Mike Miller and Randy Foye from the Timberwolves. Miller spent a season with the Wizards before going on to win two rings with the Miami Heat. The Human Wolfman now finds himself with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he signed a minimum salary deal this summer and is pondering filing a lawsuit against the Heat for introducing him to a con man.

Nick Young — To the delight of the Los Angeles media and NBA bloggers everywhere, SWAGGY P is back in L.A. as a Laker, after 22 games as a Clipper and a stop in Philadelphia. I look back on Nick Young’s time in Washington with a parental fondness: fading away on every shot, no passing/rebounding/defense to speak of, and nearly causing me to have an aneurysm on multiple occasions. It will be about midseason before Kobe disappears him.

Kirk Hinrich — Washington traded Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to the Hawks back in 2011 in a deal that netted Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford, and a first-round pick (used on Chris Singleton). Hinrich is now a member of the Bulls, serving as Derrick Rose’s primary backup. I will now use various racially tinged words to describe Kirk Hinrich’s abilities as a player: high IQ, gritty, heady, a gamer, high-motor guy, hard-nosed, unselfish, fundamentally sound, makes the most of his athleticism.

Randy Foye — Part of the mega deal that sent Andre Iguodala to Golden State, Foye is now a member of the Denver Nuggets. He is projected to start along side Ty Lawson in the Nuggets’ backcourt, and I will always remember his time in Washington as a combo guard who never really was able to combine shooting (41.4% on 2s, 34.6% on 3s during the 2009-10 season) with any sort of decisiveness as a floor leader.

A.J. Price  — Price filled in for the injured John Wall last season, averaging 7.7 points (on 39% shooting) and 3.6 assists in just over 22 minutes played per game. Given Price’s shooting woes, the Wizards hope they’ve upgraded the backup guard spot by acquiring Eric Maynor. This season, Price has made the opening day roster of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Caron Butler — It’s been a busy summer for Tuff Juice. He was traded by the Clippers to the Suns, then traded to his hometown Milwaukee Bucks, where he will continue to provide above average midrange shooting and decent-to-no defense on the wings. After playing in Miami, L.A., Dallas and Washington, Milwaukee seems like a *slight* residential downgrade, but I’m sure Caron will tough (I’m terrible, I know) it out.

Rashard Lewis — Back with the Heat for a second season, Lewis will continue in his role as mop-up-duty-jump-shooter. As part of the trade that got Fingagunzzz Arenas out of town, Rashard Lewis’ tenure with the Wizards consisted mostly of miserable shooting performances and a semi-debated tiff with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Basketball-Reference.com claims Lewis shot 42 percent from the field in 1.5 seasons with Washington. Why you gotta lie like that, BBall-Ref?

Lester Hudson — Is Lester Hudson the most ‘Wizards’ player in recent memory? He appeared in 11 games during the 2010-11 season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.5 assists in 6.6 minutes played per game as a backup point guard. Hudson was recently released by the Utah Jazz  … but he’s a killer in China.

Dominic McGuire — Drafted in the second round by the Wizards in 2007, McGuire spent three seasons in the District before being traded to the Sacramento Kings for a second-round pick (that was protected in a manner so the Wizards would never actually receive it; Dom was jettisoned to get under the luxury tax). The definition of a journeyman big at age 28, McGuire has already spent time with seven different teams. Like Hudson, he was recently released by the Utah Jazz.

Oh, and let’s not forget this guy…


Jordan Crawford — Ed. Note: How can we kinda/sorta forget Jordan? Well, we kinda/sorta did. He, Brad Stevens, and Celtics Nation are preparing to have tons of fun in Boston this season. Crawford recently celebrated his 25th birthday on October 23, and we certainly did not forget to mention via Twitter. —K.W.

Arish Narayen