Are the Wizards the worst team ever? Thomas Boswell seems to think so and I am inclined to disagree with him. I know they have played as poorly as a team can play but with such a young team I still have some trepidation about such morose assessments. It seems as if no one has anything positive to say about the Wizards, and I totally understand that. There isn't much positive you can say about a team that's only one game. They have looked selfish, lazy, and downright awful.
This isn’t another one of those articles. I present to you the Silver lining.
The Wizards are not the worst team ever, talent-wise; this team is full of athletic freaks of nature. JaVale McGee, Chris Singleton, and Jan Vesley all have alien like wingspans and the 6’7” 236 pound Trevor Booker is the fastest player on the team and runs the floor like a gazelle. The problem isn’t a lack of talent; it’s maximizing and developing said talent.
It’s still early in the season, and the Wizards have played much better since making changes to the starting lineup.
Singleton and Booker have infused the team with an energy that dissipates as soon as the leave the floor. The Dunking Ninja has shown given us glimpses of his potential and is trying to prove that he was worthy of such a high draft choice.
JaVale McGee is steadily improving his game this season. He’s taken some criticism for his All-Star game twitter campaign but he has seemed to mature this season.
All things considered, most of the young guys have played pretty well, giving hustle and energy on the defensive side of the ball in spite of an environment and team culture that eschews such things.
If you have read anything that I have written this season, it is clear that I think Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford are cancerous to the Wizards.
Aside from their unrelenting gunning and ability to destroy any semblance of momentum and team play, my biggest problem with Blatche and Crawford is that they take playing time away from the other young guys. It reminds me of my time in school, when the teachers spent all their time focusing on the miscreants and troublemakers, at the expense of the students who wanted to learn.
This is my plea to Flip Saunders, there are guys on the team who want to play and want to play hard, LET THEM.