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mbatch94

  • joined Oct 28, 2012
  • last login Jul 02, 2014
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just a die hard Wizards fan who could talk days on end about the Wizards!

one of few who has a Jan Vesely jersey and damn proud of it

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The Cost of Guaranteed Continuity

As most of you are aware of, a fan favorite of ours just signed a new contract here for 60 million big ones spread out over 5 years. Now most people here are willing to accept the 12 million a year...

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Beal being misused?

While I think Wittman has done an admirable job this year, I have not hidden my displeasure with how he uses certain players. Recently, I have been beyond frustrated with how Beal has been used. ...

Are the Wizards better without Beal? -Quote from ESPN Rumors

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Don't look now, but the Washington Wizards are on a roll, winners of seven of their last nine games. And at 9-9, only Indiana and Miami have better records in the dreadful Eastern Conference. The curious part about the Wizards' recent run is that most of it has happened without Bradley Beal, who has missed the last week with a stress injury to his right fibula. Washington is 5-8 in the games with the second-year standout, and 4-1 since he went down. Is it simply the case of taking advantage of a soft schedule or is there more to it? Certainly the schedule does skew the win-loss record some -- since Beal went out, the Wizards have played the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic at home, winning them all, and snuck by Milwaukee on the road. Their only big test, a road game against Indiana, ended in a 20-point loss. That being said, the injury to Beal has forced Randy Wittman to go with a starting lineup that utilizes the five most efficient players on the team: John Wall, Nene Hilario, Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat and Martell Webster. Entering Wednesday, all five of them have a PER above the league average of 15. Beal, who only turned 20 over the summer, is certainly an advanced scorer for his age, but his lack of efficiency could become a concern if it doesn't start to show improvement. As a rookie, he finished with a respectable 13.69 PER with a 51.5 true shooting percentage, and the early going this year both of those numbers are down (13.62 PER and 50.7 TS%). One of the biggest reasons? Beal's penchant for settling for the long two. According to NBA.com, he has already attempted 80 shots in the 15-19 foot range this season, making only 25 (31.3 percent). To put that in perspective, only eight other starters in the league (LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Henderson, Jason Smith, Dirk Nowitzki, Wall, Al Horford, DeMar DeRozan and Carmelo Anthony) have attempted more long twos, and all of them are connecting at a higher rate. Taking it a step further, among the 50 starters in the league with the most "long two" attempts, Beal's shooting percentage is the lowest.

While Beal is clearly a key cornerstone for this team and needs to be playing major minutes this piece does bring up interesting points. Thoughts?
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Wittman's Downfall

This season there has been some well documented trends regarding John Wall and Bradley Beal that are far from encouraging, and to me a large part of the blame falls on the coaching staff. S...

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Is Our Talent Enough to Win Big in the Future?

As the upcoming season approaches optimism is filling DC, as many clamor at the hope for playoffs. This could and should be the year that this group of Wizards finally gets over the hump and makes...

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The Kid Will be Just Fine

There seems to be a lot of skepticism recently about whether or not Otto Porter can live up to the hefty expectations that come with being the third pick in the draft. His professional career did...

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This year's Martell?

Can Al Harrington be a similar bargain?

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