Wizards: Nick Young Should Be Center of Offense

2:02 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
Letting Nick Young have free reigns will be beneficial to the Wizards future. Credit: Kim Klement-US
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- I thought long and hard about the impending free agency of Nick Young, and I've come to the following conclusion: The Wizards should let Nick Young pretend he's an all-star shooting guard like Atlanta's Joe Johnson or Golden State's Monta Ellis and see how it pans out.

This strategy is so obvious, it almost sickens me that the Wizards aren't employing it yet. What's the worst that can happen? Nick Young fails miserably and the Wizards don't make a mistake in re-signing him.

As dreadful as the Wizards situation is here in DC, there's one positive. Because the team is so bad, the Wizards aren't expected to win games every night, meaning they can alter their offensive strategy in adopting Young as their "tryout big-time scoring guard" with relative ease. 

What were the two best Wizards offensive performances this season? The OKC game and the Denver game, in which Young scored 24 and 25 points respectively. Young clearly can take over games, when he's given the proper chances. Getting the rock to Nick Young needs to be Randy Wittman's number one offensive strategy in the halfcourt.

It's time to stop wondering how good the 26-year-old Nick Young could be. Wizards fans don't want to see him excel in a Chicago Bulls uniform next season. I want to see what it looks like if Nick Young carries a serious load on his shoulders NOW. John Wall is the type of point guard that is going to need a near elite shooting guard to lean on. It would also be interesting to see how Wall would play not being the number one option too.

 Contrary to popular belief, the Wizards problem all year has been almost exclusively on offense. Drafting a defensive specialist like Anthony Davis from Kentucky isn't the wisest move at this point for the Wizards. Unless the Wizards realize Young could become the answer to their offensive problems.

Giving Young a surefire 35 minutes a game and 17 shots may stunt the growth of Jordan Crawford, but that seems like a better option than committing to Young this offseason without truly ever letting him become the player he's capable of being.

The free agent guards in the 2012 offseason aren't filled with glamorous names. By giving this test run to Nick Young, Washington can further evaluate if he is necessary to the future of the organization.


The last time the Houston Rockets faced the Washington Wizards, John Wall had the best game of his entire career, scoring 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a 114-106 loss on January 16th.

The Rockets are 10-8 on the season and are somewhere in the middle stages of the rebuilding process. In a semi-surprising move, the Rockets declined their team option on Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet, Johnny Flynn and Terrence Williams, meaning all will become unrestricted free agents following the season. The Rockets now have $42 million dollars in cap room and certainly would like to be a heavy hitter in free agency.

Here's the lowdown on what the Rockets have been up to since then:

  • Houston's had won seven in a row before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
  • Kevin Martin has scored at least 25 points in his last four games.
  • The Rockets rank sixth in the NBA in scoring (98.0) and fourth in rebounds per game (44.1)

Key matchup

JaVale McGee vs. Samuel Dalembert

McGee hasn't had a double-double since his career day (23 points, 18 boards) against the 76ers, seven games ago. There is little doubting the media firestorm following his off-the-backboard dunk against the Rockets is bothering the 24-year-old. McGee has seven single-digit scoring games this season, and four of those have come in the last six games.

The last time these two teams played it was Samuel Dalembert who unequivocally led the Rockets to victory with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The "Haitian Sensation" has plucked 33 combined rebounds in his last two games. He's an efficient player on offense and possesses a high basketball-IQ.

If McGee can't limit Dalembert, the Wizards will have zero chance to top Houston on the road.

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