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Brendan Haywood, an extremely frustrating Wizard.
There are a few others who just missed receiving blame for the Washington Wizards' poor regular-season performances of late. Do not worry, you are not forgotten.
Blaming Eddie Jordan for the 2008 catastrophe
The brutal start to 2008 led then-head coach Eddie Jordan, who had been a big part of Washington’s playoff runs from 2005-2008, to be fired after the abysmal start (NBC Sports).
The knee-jerk reaction that occurred after the 1-10 start was one of the major players in Washington's collapse.
Jordan designed an offense that not only allowed Arenas to be the star he was, but it also involved Jamison and players like Caron Butler in a manner that kept them at or near their All-Star potential.
Jordan was the right coach for that Wizards team, and though replacements like Flip Saunders and now coach Randy Wittman have put forth the best effort possible, neither has fared as well as Jordan did during his six-year tenure with the team.
Years of Inadequate Center Play
Even when the big three of Arenas, Jamison, and Larry Hughes was making strong playoff runs, there was one obvious weak spot on the Wizards roster. Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas combined for years of unspectacular play at center, as the position became a revolving door throughout the Gilbert Arenas era and beyond.
Though both had occasionally strong defensive moments, neither Haywood nor Thomas was an effective offensive player. They were good for a few key offensive rebounds a game, but neither could handle the ball at an NBA level and were constantly exploited by better NBA big men.
There was another first-round pick of 2011 not named Jan Vesely. His name was Chris Singleton, and he has done very little since his strong career at Florida State ended. The small forward registered just a shade over four points a game in his second season and is arguably deeper in Wittman's doghouse than Vesely going into 2013-14.
Lack of Depth
This is sort of a cop-out reason, but it is certainly an issue and was made clear after Wall went down in 2012. The team is lacking a backup point guard, and more often than not players like Wall, Beal, and whoever this year's selection is are forced to start right away because of poor depth.
This drastically limits the development potential of a player and leads to early bust labels, as has been the case with Vesely.
As one sees with the San Antonio Spurs, the success of veterans like Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan allows for younger players like Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard to develop at their own pace.
This very natural transition for players to evolve from the bench to larger roles leads to success, but it's a luxury the Wizards simply have not had in years.