Hey Washington Wizards, How Would You Like a Spell For Success?!

james plankContributor IJune 4, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 30:  Mike James #13 of the Washington Wizards drives the ball around David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets on December 30, 2008 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Hornets defeated the Wizards 97-85.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards have just came off the one of the worst seasons in franchise history. They had their star player injured all year, and their best center in Haywood. Their are whispers about trading Gilbert Arenas to save cap room.

Here are two reasons why thats not going to happen: 1) He cost $100 millions, only one team have the money for that, and hes too much of a liability. Healthy he would really put that team on top, but thats an if.

2) The wizards have the worst luck when it come to trading players. Every drastic move they make either from releasing someone, to draft pick, to trade, always ends up being a bad choice.

The Wizards had Roger Mason and Steve Blake—two guys that they got rid of and then got really good. At one point the wizards drafted Rip hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, and Devin Harris. All good players that the Wizards gave away.

And lastly the Wizards picked up Kwame Brown. They could have had Pau Gasol. He was the 16th pick in the same draft to memphis.

As soon as the Wizards trade Gilbert Arenas, hes gonna stay healthy, and probably win MVP. Ok maybe not MVP. But he has attributes you just cant replace. He's a 20 points a night kinda guy who can get you 30, 40, or even 50 points from time to time. Seriously, if they trade him, are they going to get that kinda production from whomever they trade for? Doubtful.

Here is the way to keep him healthy andimprove the team all-around:


1. The Wizards need to keep Arenas and Brendan Heywood healthy.


2. Move Arenas from the point guard position, to the 2 guard or shoot guard. Run him off screens. Hes a solid mid range to three-point shooter. When he runs point as the offensive focal point, he has a drive first, shoot second, and pass third.

As a two guard, they use him like the Celtics use Ray Allen. Run him off screens.

Get him to have a shoot first, pass second, and a drive third mentality. running him off screens will make the defense switch andgive the wizards match ups they can exploit. plus it will keep him healthier.

After all he did get hurt driving to the basket. Plus thats also what Arenas played in college, where he first started to shine. Bring him back home.


3. Use the wizards 5th overall pick to pick up a guard. I would pick Stephen Curry. Hes a player that can get his own shot, is a good passer, can run the offense, and can play good on ball and team defense.

He's also a player that would go well playing some with the second unit. That is alot of good speed and floor balance with DeShawn Stevenson, Nick Young, and Mike James. But throw Curry in at point?

That's a good second squad. plus Darius Songila, and Andray Blatche as your inside player, later second team could be one of the best in the eastern conference.


4. The Wizards also have the 32nd overall pick which they can use to find some height in case they are plagued by injury again.


Wizards Starting 5

PG Curry

SG Arenas

SF Butler

PF Jamison

C Haywood



Young - good shooter natural scorer

Stevenson - deadly form long range

Dixon - he has his days

Songila - honestly, has a good mid range jump and can get 10 pts 5 rebs a game,

Blatche - He gets better every game, he'll be like a Bynum in a year or two.


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