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Which Raptor Scares You the Most? — Mythical vs. Extinct NBA Playoff Roundtable Part 1

Updated: April 18, 2015


Oh, hi, NBA Playoffs. This, our relationship, is still new and odd. Cast aside and strewn across history’s floor are an assortment of pop culture wall calendars with one date each year circled in red and highlighted: when the NBA Draft Lottery happened.

Now, the Wizards aren’t yet playoff perennials, but to get to any type of streak one appearance has to come before another one. So now, this year, today, the Washington Wizards are at ‘two’. Such a circumstance calls for questions, and answers. So, part of the TAI collective assembled to pixel out those answers—for you, dear reader; for ourselves; for each other.

Sean Fagan (@McCarrick), Bryan Frantz (@BFrantz202), Troy Haliburton (@TroyHalibur), Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis), and John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend) are here to reveal their soul in part one of a three-part series.

First up…

Which Raptor scares you the most?


If any person has paid any amount of attention to the Wizards over the past 6-to-7 years and submits an answer other than “Lou Williams” then that person needs to be punted off the creaking Wizards bandwagon and have their fandom personally stripped in a public ceremony held by G-Wiz. Since his time on the 76ers (and briefly the Hawks), Williams has been the thorn in the side of Wizards teams both decent and lousy. Despite Williams’ notorious Wizards-killing ways, no coach manning the helm for Washington has actually managed to strategize a defense capable of stopping Williams from dropping bombs at will on the heads of the hapless Wizards backcourt. From Eddie Jordan to Flip Saunders to Randy Wittman—all have had to attend a post-game press conference and answer questions on why Williams once again torched the DMV á la Sherman marching through Atlanta. Even the mighty Ed Tapscott had to answer to this vengeful god, who no doubt earned himself a royal berth in the “Palace of Golden Play.”

You can have your tiny little night terrors over DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. You may even sweat a little over Amir Johnson. But you should be reaching into the paper bag and dry heaving at the thought of Lou Williams raining hell down upon the Wizards and having become 10 times the player we all dreamed Nick Young could be.


The easy names here are of course Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but Lou Williams is the prime suspect to destroy the Wizards on one or two occasions in this series. Williams is averaging 25.2 minutes per game this season and played in all but two games. He has played at least 25 minutes in 19 games against the Wizards in his career; he has scored at least 12 points in all but one of those games, with the only exception being an eight-point outing back in January of 2013 when he was with the Hawks. He’s also put up 24 or more eight times. My money is on him reaching the 25-point mark at least once, probably twice, in the series.


The Raptor that scares me the most has to be Lou Williams. Williams averaged 19.7 points per game in three meetings with the Wizards, despite only averaging 27 minutes in those games. The thing that is so devastating about Williams is his uncanny ability to create his own shot off the dribble when the offense breaks down. Williams presents a difficult dilemma for the Wizards, because his play will highlight one of the Wizards’ weaknesses, which is second unit perimeter defense in the absence of reserve guard Garrett Temple. If the Wizards want to win this series, stopping the likely Sixth Man of the Year will be a top priority.


Because of past traumatic experiences, Lou Williams terrifies me. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate has been feasting on Washington throughout his nine-year career. In 34 career games against the Wizards, Williams has averaged 13.6 points per game and shot 42 percent on 3-pointers. Only versus Golden State (43%) has Lou shot better on 3s, but in 19 fewer games.

In the Raptors’ regular season sweep of the Wiz, Williams averaged nearly 20 points a game and would have likely had more if he hadn’t played only 16 minutes during Toronto’s blowout victory in November.

The stats prove that Williams is a legit Wizards-killer, but it is his remarkable scoring style that creates such emotional torment. Some prime examples of Williams killing a Wizard or two can be found below.


DeMar DeRozan, for a few reasons. Forget that, by the numbers, Bradley Beal is a league average defender—Big Panda, listed at 6-foot-5 (perhaps generous), tends to struggle against taller, wider, more physical shooting guards. We’ve seen him get torched by old-ass Kobe Bryant, ISO Joe Johnson, etc.

So, yeah: DeMar DeRozan scares me, all 6-foot-7 of him. Since March 1, Toronto’s designated scorer has led the Eastern Conference in points per game (24.0), shooting better than 45 percent from the field—he was most recently named the Kia “Player of the Month” for the Eastern Conference. And he knows how to get those “easy” points at the free throw line, averaging more than seven attempts from the stripe per game (ranked fifth in the NBA game). When DeRozan attempts 10 more free throws per game, the Raptors win (15-4).


Lou, Will.

TAI crew weighs in…