With the shortened NBA season a quarter of the way done, we thought we
would review the 2-15 Wizards so far with a player-by-player breakdown. We
start with the Wiz guards.
John Wall: Maybe it's a sophomore slump or the slumped shoulders, but
through the first quarter of the season, Wall's play has been
Wall feeds off energy and with the team struggling so badly, there are
few positives to feed off of.
Wall has admitted when things aren't going well, he can get down on
himself. We have seen that a lot so far this season.
Wall's jumper, which needed to be improved, has not, as he's shooting
just 38 percent from the field, down from 40 percent in his rookie
season. Wall can get to the rim better than anyone on the fast break,
but his pull-up jumper continues to be a work in progress.
Wall had a nice stretch before the loss at the Sixers, scoring 38
points in a loss to Houston, 25 in the win over Oklahoma City ,and almost
registered a triple-double against Denver.
Despite his improved play, Wall is averaging only 16 points and 7
assists, both down somewhat from a season ago, and his turnovers have
increased from 3.8 to 4 per game. On the plus side, his rebounds are up
from four to five a game.
Nick Young: If Young is looking for a big payday after this season,
he has 40-plus games to try to change some minds, because he has not
helped his cause so far. In the final year of his contract, Young is
averaging 16 points a game but consistency, which always been an issue,
Young is capable of scoring in bunches -- see the 17-point first
quarter against Denver -- but he can also go ice-cold, and when his
role is solely to score but he isn't, Young becomes a liability.
Jordan Crawford: Another Wizards' player who has not improved in his
second season. Crawford started the first few games of the season and
struggled in place of Young at shooting guard before he went back to
Crawford brings energy off the bench but he also brings questionable
shot selection as well. Crawford tends to force 3-pointers, as he
averages four attempts a game with just one make.
Crawford is averaging 11 points a game, but shooting just 38 percent.