The Wizards Will Never Get Anywhere, and Here's Why

Basketball RumorcentralContributor INovember 28, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 30: Caron Butler #3 of the Washington Wizards celebrates a 88-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 30, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  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.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Caron Butler is a workhorse with no name, and he will stay until he gets his career on track. Butler has the ability to do something great. In at least one season, he has lead the Wizards in points per game, assists, steals, and he's come close in rebounds. But this has led him nowhere but to two trips to the All-Star game.

However, it's not his fault. Since arriving to the Wizards, Butler has exhibited a boatload of talent, but the Wizards over-rely on him to demonstrate his abilities.

Nobody can tell who Butler truly is. A scorer? A playmaker? A defensive specialist? A combination of all three?

Washington relies on him to be a combination of all three, but few swingmen truly are. Kobe Bryant is all three. LeBron James is all three. Dwyane Wade is all three. The Wizards must realize that they cannot make him into one of those players.

The problem lies in the coaching. Eddie Jordan, the predominant head coach in Butler's tenure with the Washington, has been a players' coach. He has done everything in his power to help his players reach their potentials.

Jordan transformed Butler and Gilbert Arenas from scrubs to all-stars since they arrived with the Wizards, also helping Antawn Jamison improve his shooting and rebounding to create one of the NBA's most talented trios.

That's all fine and dandy, but the Wizards haven't won a round of playoff action since 2005, the year before they traded for Butler. The X factor in the team's disappointments lies in the chemistry.

Jordan made Arenas and Butler into household names, but Arenas became a shoot-first combo guard and Butler has never had enough energy to lead both the offense and defense, despite the Wizards' beliefs.

The Wizards players have reached their potential as individuals, but they have never reached their potential as a cohesive unit.

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