Originally written April 29, 2012 on Wizards Extreme:
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With the season over and the NBA Playoffs moving ahead without the Washington Wizards, what should the team do now? They’ve got to evaluate some of these ten-day contracts. With Cartier Martin, James Singleton and Morris Almond still on the roster, the front office has to determine if any of these players are valuable pieces for their rebuild.
I’m a huge fan of Cartier Martin. I love his effort, grind, and his ability to do the dirty work without seeing the numbers on the box score final report. However, I don’t feel like he is going to be with this team nor should he be. Martin is the kind of player that needs to be on an Oklahoma City, Memphis or Chicago. He is a valuable bench player, but on the Wizards roster, he reminds me somewhat of Nick Young. The only difference between the two, in my opinion, is Cartier’s hustle on the defensive end. It’s not too often you see Cartier driving into the hoop, it’s always jump shots. So if the Wizards weren’t looking to keep Nick Young, then I dare say they’re not looking to keep Cartier Martin. Morris Almond did not get much playing time, but when he was in the game, I was not fully impressed. He didn’t really provide any kind of spark on the floor, and although he’s not the worst shooter on the planet, I just feel as if he’s going to fall through the cracks of the roster. James Singleton is my one vote to remain on this team out of the ten-day contract players. He had a huge game (ironically with Cartier Martin) earlier in the season, and after watching him versus the Heat the other night, I’m fully sold on him. Singleton is consistently moving while off the ball looking for a way to be aggressive. He’s battling it out with big-men in the post on offense and defense, and when he is in the game, he is bothersome to any opponent. I like his shot and his ability to drive it in the lane, he also has shown a glimpse of some post moves, as well. You have to keep in mind he’s been in the game for some time now on his second stint with the Wizards. He’s never going to be a big-name player, but I think he has the ability to fill the gap of the Wizards’ Power Forward position with Andray Blatche (hopefully) out the door soon. His spark and energy could help carry this team further next season while providing a veteran presence. And if I understand correctly, isn’t that what the organization has been looking for?
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