On the heels of nearly everybody and their mother dropping out of the 2011 NBA draft ESPN Insider'sTom Haberstroh gives us his thoughts (barely) on what the Wizards should do this offseason.
Among the highlights...Blatche is not Nowitzki and JaVale McGee's basketball IQ is questioned again...
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The Wizards have young talent, but they need time to let it marinate. The playoff window may not begin until 2013-14, after Rashard Lewis' colossal contract expires.
The Wizards have some pieces. Obviously, John Wall is a point guard to build around. But the wild card is Andray Blatche. He could be an All-Star, but they desperately need to overhaul his mentality and get him in shape. A simple tweak to his shot selection would do wonders for the Wiz offense -- namely, convincing Blatche that he is not Dirk Nowitzki. No more launching four long 2s per game at a 30 percent clip. If he sticks around the basket, he'll be a star in this league.
The Wizards will spend next season harvesting raw talent, as they have two first-round picks in the draft and likely won't have much in the way of cap space to sign a big free agent, nor should they at this juncture. JaVale McGee may not have the basketball IQ to make huge strides, but he's already the best shot-blocker in the NBA. Get Blatche straightened out, let Wall run the show, nab Harrison Barnes and let the rest of the roster incubate.