Wizards player review: Andray Blatche

Wizards player review: Andray Blatche
May 14, 2012, 3:50 pm
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Wizards forward Andray Blatche had a season to forget and it may have cost him his career, at least here in Washington. Blatche played in just 26 games as the team basically shut him down for the second half of the year because he was deemed not in good enough shape to compete at the NBA level.

A year after scoring 16 points a game, Blatche's output offensively went down in half this past season as he averaged just 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Wizards.

Blatche's best game of the season came in early January with a 28-point, 9-rebound outburst in a loss at Boston. It was part of a stretch where Blatche scored in double figures in five straight games, but then he missed 14 games with a calf injury. When Blatche returned, his minutes went down as new coach Randy Wittman opted to go with other players at the starting power forward position. Blatche was basically deactivated the final 23 games of the year for being out of condition.

At the trade deadline, Blatche was unmovable because of his soured reputation and this summer the Wizards could opt to use the amnesty clause on him and get his salary off the books. Blatche has 3 years and roughly 23-million left on his contract.

Blatche has always been a favorite of president Ernie Grunfeld because of the potential the 6'-11" 25-year old had, but Blatche may have finally worn out his welcome with what transpired this season.

Can Blatche recover and be back -- if not with the Wizards -- with some other NBA team next season ? It's really up to him and that's a risky proposition.