After losing two straight games on back-to-back days to the Boston Celtics, the Wizards sit at 0-5 and are the only winless team in the NBA. So far, the team has forgotten that Roger Mason is on the team, Andray Blatche has called out people on twitter after one game, and Flip Saunders was ejected less than two minutes into a game, but it may not be all bad, so let’s take a look at some of the silver linings through the first five games of the season.
- JaVale McGee appears to be developing — McGee has looked like a somewhat new player, particularly in the last two games against the Celtics. In the two games against Boston, JaVale was a combined 14 of 24 from the field (58.33%) and averaged 16.5 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, and get this….. He had two turnovers combined, none in the second game of the back-to-back. That my friends is progress. I’ve been as harsh a critic as there has been of McGee, but I’m willing to admit when he’s improving and he looks to be much improved early in this season. If JaVale continues to cut out the stupid players, he can be as good as he wants to be. He is still getting lost at times on defense, but far less than he was prior to this season. Hopefully this progress continues as he faces more prominent NBA big man as the season goes on.
- Chris Singleton will be a defensive force — While he only played eight minutes in Monday’s loss at Boston, his effort on the defensive end of the court has been incredible. So far he’s gotten a few opportunities to hit open spot up jump shots and has done a good job thus far shooting four for eight (50%) from thee point range. Being a defensive ace and adding the ability to make open jump shots will make Chris Singleton a lot of money in the NBA for a long time.
- John Wall must stay aggressive — Wall’s speed is incredible, but that’s no surprise, and when he attacks the basket and gets out running on the break he is near unstoppable. However, in the first three games in particular, he was more passive and that led many Wizards fans to pull their collective hair out. Hopefully the last two games against the Celtics got Wall back on the right track and we see him in attack mode consistently because when we do… Look out. When talking about attacking the basketball, John also needs to do a better job of finishing at the rim and not missing the contested lay-ins as well. Part of this aggressiveness is too know when to not going one against five too. Making the smart play must go hand in hand with staying aggressive for Wall.