Here is your official Hoop District welcome to Washington, D.C., Kelly Oubre Jr. Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld introduced the 19-year old as a Wizard on Friday afternoon and Oubre, who is what I like to call the product of a classic Grunfeldian move, spent a few minutes discussing his role as the newest member of the squad. What’s a Grunfeldian move, you ask? Well, an example of one would be when for weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, you and many other fans and members of the media are scouting players that you feel would fill a glaring need. In the Wizards' case this time around ...Read More »
I enjoy reading the various mock drafts in the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft. For Wizards fans they provide high level, wide-ranging analysis, highlights, interviews, statistics and more on a net group of players that could end up playing their next games at the Verizon Center in 2015-16. Regardless of who Adam Silver calls up on stage at # 19 or earlier barring an unforeseen trade from Emperor Ernie, the players and those selected before them have been interviewed, measured, analyzed, tested and compared to each other by every NBA expert and team fan base. If you follow the message boards ...Read More »
It's not easy to follow back-to-back posts on spectacular dunks and wizard-like passing highlights, but I'm going to make the case for John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, and Garrett Temple to entertain you with some well-timed, fun to watch blocks. The Wizards as a team had 378 blocks on the season. Marcin Gortat accounted for 110, good for 18th in NBA. Former Kentucky star-turned NBA phenom Anthony Davis of the Pelicans led the league with 200. Washington had two more entries in the Top 100; Kevin Seraphin, who registered 59 (55th), and Point Gawd 4 Lyfe John Wall, who posted 45; a tie ...Read More »
Pace. Spreading the floor. Curls. Back screens. High pick and rolls The list goes on. What has made Washington such an exciting team to watch over the past few seasons is much more than John Wall scorching opponents in the open floor. It also has a lot to do with how well they move the basketball. The Wizards ranked 6th in the NBA in assists per game, which was evidenced the team’s high three-point and overall field goal percentages. Washington’s team personnel have bought into the concept of sharing the ball and creating easy opportunities for each other. It’s easy to heap praise on John Wall ...Read More »
Hey there Wizards fans, it's been a minute! After watching the ups and downs of a baffling regular season and seeing this team nearly making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, its time you all deserved a little Wizards basketball in your life. I mean, lets face it, it’s June 9th and if you’re a life long D.C. sports fan like myself you’re probably at the “I hate everything about D.C. sports” stage in your life right now. I don’t think this needs any further elaboration. If you recall, last year we did a “Top 50” Vines of the year segment which spanned across the course of a few weeks and all ...Read More »
[Photo by Getty Images] Gary Payton called it a few years ago when he discussed the progression of John Wall as a then-soon-to-be elite defender in the NBA, relating it to his very own as a superstar for the Seattle Sonics. A man once coined "The Glove" for his superior defense, Payton gloated about Wall's development as a defender. GP mentioned that it took about five seasons for him to reach the stature of an elite defender and based on his observations of Wall's defense, he had assumed the same progression for Wall. Yesterday, John Wall earned All-Defensive Second Team honors for the 2014-1 ...Read More »
The Graceful Exit. Part of a quote by Ellen Goodman that I won't bother with making you read but if you click here and opt to read it for yourself, then you may understand its wisdom and how it pertains to the Washington Wizards. Being it my third time covering these exit interviews, I've noticed a transparent shift in the way players express themselves when reflecting on the season that was and discussing the future that will be. And they do so in the realist fashion. Back in the day, the last words of the season would come by way of some dead man walking like Chris Singleton, explaining some ...Read More »
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