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Usually this will cover links from the previous 24 hours (or from the previous weekend on Mondays), but in our first installment, we have links from the best stuff from the past week.
On John Wall
Over at Bullets Forever, Bullet Nation in Exile looks in on John Wall’s clutch shooting;
Which, from The Washington Post’s Michael Lee, is due in part to the increased confidence Wall has in his jumpshot
Finally, Ryan Garcia from TruthAboutIt.net reminds us that John Wall is Fast
On JaVale McGee and his controversial triple-double
Last week, against the Chicago Bulls, JaVale McGee recorded his first career triple-double by scoring 11 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and recording an astounding 12 blocked shots. Much of the talk about the Wizards was focused on the bizarre lengths to which McGee, never the talented scorer, went to score the final two points necessary to net him the triple-double.
Zach Lowe from The Point Forward/SI.com sounds off on the issue, and, while he doesn’t lay all of the blame with the player, he does note that this isn’t McGee’s or the Wizards’ first episode with “stat-grubbing.”
There’s one man doesn’t see an issue issue with the way McGee got his triple double, or in particular the way they competed against the favored Bulls on the road, despite the final margin; Wizards owner Ted Leonsis.
JaVale’s unwitting inquiry about who else could say they have a triple-double notwithstanding, here, at basketball-reference.com, are the total number of times a player has ever recorded a triple double that included points, rebounds, and blocks, as did McGee. The list shows that this has been accomplished 48 times by 15 different players, several of them Hall-of-Famers. So while the feat is indeed rare and the company is elite, it is hardly unprecedented.
More on the historical relevance of McGee’s triple-double, via Truehoop: JaVale McGee of the Wizards recorded the first triple-double comprised of points, rebounds and blocks since Dwight Howard did so in November of 2008. McGee finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. The 12 blocks were the most in a game since Keon Clark (12) in March 2001, and the most in a triple-double since Shawn Bradley had 13 blocks to go along with 22 points and 22 rebounds in April 1998.
Finally, from the Washington Post, McGee himself reveals his thoughts on his accomplishment and the criticism he received. The post includes some advice from his coach, Flip Saunders, who had recently been critical of McGee’s careless play in an earlier loss.
On the Draft
Jamie Mottram, one half of the brothers Mottram over at Mr. Irrelevant, wonders whom the Wizards should draft with their all-but-guaranteed lottery pick this summer.
One of the players discussed at length was the University of North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. Draft Express presented a scouting report on Barnes, detailing his strengths and weaknesses, with video breakdown included.
Photo: Kirk Hinrich is winning more games in Atlanta, but it sure looks like he’s (in this photo, anyway) doing it in front of less fans.
On Friday, we looked at 10-day signee Othyus Jeffers, his strengths, weaknesses, and his chances of sticking with the roster. Michael Lee at the Washington Post reveals that Jeffers’ signing may have been more a matter of convenience than anything. Still, I contend that with the wing depth currently decimated by injuries to Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, and Nick Young, there should be plenty of opportunity for him prove what he can add to the squad. It should be noted too, that the contracts of both Howard and Maurice Evans expire at season’s end, and Jeffers would certainly come at a cheaper rate than either veteran player. In the article, Jeffers speaks on the mentality that he developed early on that contributes to his tenacity on the boards.
Last week on BulletsForever, Bullet Nation in Exile looks at the maturity of the young Wizards and says it’s time for them to grow up.