Wizards drop season opener to Pistons
Because local NBA interest isn't limited to all-things Wizards, we'll take a regular look at different subsets of players - "Four Quarters," as it were - throughout the league throughout the season...
Exes - Former Wizards playing elsewhere in the Association; listed in current order of curiosity for this season
Emeka Okafor (Suns), Caron Butler* (Bucks), Nick Young (Lakers), Jordan Crawford (Celtics), A.J. Price (Timberwolves), JaVale McGee (Nuggets), Mike James (Bulls), Roger Mason Jr.(Heat), Kwame Brown (76ers), Shaun Livingston (Nets), Antawn Jamison (Clippers), Kirk Hinrich (Bulls), Shelvin Mack (Hawks), Cartier Martin (Hawks), Mike Miller (Grizzlies), Randy Foye (Nuggets), Alonso Gee (Cavaliers), Brendan Haywood (Bobcats), Rashard Lewis (Heat), Hamady Ndiaye (Kings), Ronnie Turiaf (Timberwolves), Jannero Pargo (Bobcats), Andray Blatche (Nets)
* Let's start with the good news: Butler led Milwaukee's starters with 16 points and hit key buckets as the Bucks rallied back from a 25-point hole against the Knicks. Alas, the rally didn't end with a win as New York triumphed 90-83. Guessing 23 turnovers including seven from "Tough Juice" didn't help.
College kids - We knew them when
Georgetown - Otto Porter ( Wizards), Jeff Green (Celtics), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Greg Monroe* (Pistons), Henry Sims (Cavaliers), Hollis Thompson (76ers)
Maryland - Steve Blake (Lakers), Alex Len (Suns), Greivis Vasquez (Kings)
Virginia - Mike Scott (Hawks)
Towson - Gary Neal (Bucks)
Old Dominion - Kent Bazemore (Warriors)
VCU - Larry Sanders (Bucks)
Norfolk State - Kyle O'Quinn (Magic)
*"Moose" Monroe and the Pistons manhandled the Wizards inside. All those teams with ample salary cap space next summer surely took notice of the upcoming restricted free agent's low post skills, passing prowess and rebounding resolve - and will do so for Monroe's next 81 regular season games.
Beltway Boys - DMV natives in the NBA; listed in current order of curiosity for this season
Kevin Durant* (Thunder), Michael Beasley (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Rudy Gay (Raptors), Jarrett Jack (Cavaliers), Ty Lawson (Nuggets), Thomas Robinson (Blazers), Will Barton (Blazers), Keith Bogans (Celtics)
*The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of only two road teams to claim victory out of 17 games so far this season. Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant carried the Russell Westbrook-less squad against Utah with 42 points thanks to sinking 22 of 24 free throws. The NBA's version of the "Spendid Splinter" scored 15 in the fourth quarter of OKC's 101-98 win over the Jazz. I'm no math whiz, but those kinds of numbers will help win league scoring titles, just sayin...
Those who were never actually Wizards but at some point there were rumor or reality reasons why folks sincerely imagined "what if" (If you know the Wizards, you know how to connect the dots. Listed in order of infatuation intensity, current and historic)
Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Klay Thompson* (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), DeJuan Blair (Mavericks), Kennett Faried (Nuggets), Ben McLemore (Kings), Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks), Nerlens Noel (76ers), Alex Len (Suns), Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Omer Asik (Rockets), Enes Kanter (Jazz), Draymond Green (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), Nate Robinson (Nuggets), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Devin Harris (Mavericks).
* Thompson's opening night numbers are insane and we're not really even talking about his career-high 38 points. The truly efficient perimeter dynamo only attempted 19 field goal attempts. Thompson made 15 of said attempts including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc. The third-year guard scored 16 points in the first quarter alone, matching the Lakers entire team. Oh, he didn't even play in the final quarter of Golden State's route.