DC Sports: The Curse Is Real
John Wall is ****ing incredible.
Great Wall of Chinatown, baby.
Missed the game because I had class. Of course.....
Wall's post game interviews are almost as great as watching him play. This kid has some real media savvy and he says all of the right things all of the time. He has historic achievements in his first six games and then talks about what he needs to do to improve afterwards. Most people would be completely overwhelmed in his shoes but he looks like he was born for this role. I've never been so excited about a player before.
I also like how well Thornton is responding to all of these minutes he's getting. He's not a world beater but he looks like a quality starter to me who's given a consistent effort each night.
Blatche has also been on fire the past several nights giving us back to back double doubles. He needs to improve shooting from the floor but that will come when he gets back in the swing of things. Between him and Wall, that's a really nice foundation to build upon.
I understand Jianlian showed marked improvement tonight but his per minute numbers still aren't all that great. We knew Yi was a good shooter, but I am surprised by his level of athleticism. The four blocks tonight are nice and suggest he brings value above the rim too. But I still don't know if his play warrants the kind of minutes he receives. He could just be a late bloomer though. Maybe once he finally gets comfortable he'll justify himself and become a scoring machine. I think the potential might be there.
But on the flip side, Javale still isn't getting enough minutes. I don't understand what the problem is. His per minute numbers are excellent and he's shooting 61.5% on the season. His per 48 minute totals are about 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He needs to get more time. I want to see the endless highlight reels of alley-oops between him and Wall that I was promised.
One thing that doesn't bode well for me is that Nick Young can't get on the court. Kirk Hinrich is not very good and Gilbert hasn't looked the same. If Young can't beat out either of them for more time, that doesn't speak much of his ability. If by some miracle we're actually able to trade Arenas before the ice caps melt, we're going to need to find a legit two guard.
If I were looking ahead to this year's draft, I'd say our biggest need is for a swing man or elite scoring wing. Getting a great center would be nice, but it seems we've got a bit of a logjam for PT in the post. Thornton has been good, but I would love to have either Harrison Barnes or Perry Jones.
Last edited by stevemcqueen1; November-11th-2010 at 02:22 AM.
"John Wall will never be as good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA" - David Falk, published February 14, 2013.
13-1. Not bad playing in front of one of the top 2 PGs of all time (Magic; if someone wanted to put Oscar ahead of him they'd get no arguments).
Okay, I'd like to establish something called the JaVale McGee Rule, which states that he's not allowed to shoot unless he's dunking. He's completely incapable of consistently making any other shot. I love him, but Goddamn he's bad at shooting.
Looks like Saunders flip out did the team some good.
Oh, also, I'd like to establish the Joey Galloway Rule, which states that you don't throw the ball to Joey Galloway. It's very simple, really. (Unrelated to the Wiz except for the fact that it's related to the JaVale McGee Rule.)
Last edited by Hubbs; November-11th-2010 at 08:28 AM.
This team is a blast to watch. They might not hit 40 wins this year but it doesn't matter. The pain and misery of last year was worth enduring to get Mr. Wall.
And someone mentioned finding a great center in the draft. Do they even exist anymore? I haven't seen a Shaq/David Robinson/Ewing/Olajuwan type in a looooong time. And Dwight Howard doesn't count. He's more of a power forward build to me.
6.8 RPG is not good enough for someone as tall and athletic as him. There is absolutely no reason he can't average 10+ a game.
If he could average 10+ rpg and 2+ blocks per game he would be awesome.
Saw this on ESPN today - "McGee now has 17 blocks in the season's first six games -- i.e. just under three per contest. By way of reference, last year's NBA leader, Dwight Howard, averaged 2.8 blocks per game, and he was one of only five players to block more than two shots per game"
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