2009-2010 Stats: PPG 6.4, RPG 4.0, APG 0.2, BPG 1.7
Last season the Wizards hit rock bottom.
It is still to be seen what, if any, role Gilbert Arenas will have with this team. But Wizards fans, there is hope.
The top pick in this past NBA Draft, John Wall, will not disappoint. Andray Blatche, Josh Howard, YI Jainlain, and Kirk Hinrick will provide a talented, yet unproven, supporting cast. But the guy Wizards fans should be most excited about, who is taking his game to the next level and contributing on a more regular basis, is JaVale McGee.
JaVele’s career stats over the course of his first two seasons are not impressive to say the least: 6.5 PPG, 4.0 RBG, 0.3 APG, 1.3 BPG in just over 15 minutes of action.
In looking at the history of big men developing in the league, it takes time for them to find their niche. There have been a handful of centers who have taken the league by storm in their first few years: Shaq, Dwight Howard, and Tim Duncan being the latest examples. They are the exception, not the norm.
The learning curve for power forwards and centers has always taken longer. Chris Kaman and Andrew Bogut are recent examples of this. In their first three years in the league, the thought of playing in the All-Star game was a mere pipe dream, yet they are now widely considered two of the top ten centers in the world.
At 22 years of age, fresh off a summer of competing for the National Team until being inexplicably dropped from the roster before the team headed across the pond, I expect big things from McGee next season.
His size, length, quickness, and shot-blocking ability make for a potentially scary combination on the defensive end. He is still raw on the offensive end, but has shown improvement. He has a nice little baby-hook, and is getting better at finishing dump-off passes in the paint.
He will only get better looks at the basket with the penetration of John Wall, and the continued development of Andray Blatche.