Alright, Wizards fans we have a coach. Flip Saunders has been chosen as the next head coach for Abe Pollin's Wizards team. Some like the choice some don't.
Saunders's teams have had strong regular seasons and multiple post season appearances that alone gives him solid credentials in my book but that's just me. The knock on him is the inability to win the big one.
Spurs with a young T. Duncan, Lakers with Kobe & Shaq. Still he managed eight consecutive post season appearances in nine years in Minnesota and three Eastern Conference Finals appearances with the Pistons.
Saunders has been a consistant winner wherever he has coached.
Now comes the part that will be an adventure; putting together a roster to compete with the Celtics, Cavs, and Magic in order to take that next step in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks and Heat are also much improved.
Now comes the Draft, unless lady luck smiles on the Wizards and they get the #1 pick and Blake Griffin, there are no other sure fire first-year starters in this draft. Rubio, Thabeet, Harden, Monroe all will need to be on the right roster in the right system to have any kind of impact in their first year.
There has been mention of Grunfeld possibly moving the pick in a straight up trade, or pairing the pick with one of the contracts they would like to rid themselves of. The possibility of trading down and maybe adding some veteran depth is also appealing.
The Wizards immediate future depends a lot on how well Gilbert Arenas returns from multiple surgeries. With Jamison, Butler, and Stevenson not getting any younger there is not much time for this team as it stands presently to make a push for a trophy.
The team has the start of a pretty good young nucleus in McGee, McGuire, Blatche, Crittenden & Young. Decisions must be made on Pecherov and E. Thomas who are basically holding down roster spots. Juan Dixon and Mike James will likely be gone.
Mr. Grunfeld and his new coach remember that E. Jordon was not his choice. Their first priority should be deciding the direction of this franchise.
Are they going to try to make one last push with the current core group or start to put together a team to go into the future with?
I like the combination of Haywood & McGee as the bigs. Blatche has not been consistent enough and Jamison, though a true professional, is aging and a liability defensively.
I'd would like to see them add a rebounding PF. I would consider offers for Blatche since we still have Songailia as a fall back at the four spot.
Butler and Mcguire are a decent combination at the three but they could use more scoring out of the position. Now here is where I may be in the minority; I never liked Gilbert at the point and with the injury I believe it would be too much wear and tear on that knee.
I think they should find a point guard move Gil to the two guard spot with Nick Young. They could trade down into the teens and still have a shot at Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague.
Wayne Ellington or Tyreke Evans could start at the two or imagine this team with Andre Miller at the point.
What I'm trying to say is it's time for Grunfeld to show some of that creativity he is given credit for. Let's not get stuck hoping for Griffin.
Even if we get the first pick make sure to consider all options. Have A Plan.