With sports' news outlets reporting real progress finally being made in this brutal stalemate between the owners and the players, I feel like now is a perfect time to start my Position Battles series. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will highlight the most intriguing depth chart battles around the league.
This first slideshow highlights arguably the most debated position battle among Wizards' fans: Jordan Crawford vs. Nick Young. Both are coming off exciting seasons where fans finally saw Young emerge into the pure scorer that everyone expected when he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. Crawford came over as a rookie from the Atlanta Hawks, with little playing time under his belt and even less known about what he could do. With a strong second half surge, he shined on the biggest stage in basketball, with several high-scoring games and great play-making ability.
Ted Leonsis has made it clear that he wants to reward homegrown talent. While Nick Young is a free agent once the lockout is over, it seems that the Wizards will do their best to retain his services as long as his demands are not outrageous. Therefore, I’m writing this under the assumption that Nick Young will be brought back, and I will examine how both Young and Crawford fit into the team’s plans for the future.