From the Twitter account of Stephen A. Smith: Andray Blatche has the talent to be an MVP candidate.
This post along with the flashes of brilliance we have seen over the past two years should indicate that the Wizards were set in stone at the power forward position. Unfortunately, all the talent in the world cannot make up for a meager work ethic and questionable off-court behavior. Two years in a row he has shown the ability to put it all together late in the season, when the fate of the team was already sealed at the bottom of the league.
First and foremost during the lockout, Andray Blatche MUST stay in shape. That is definitely the biggest concern from Wizards fans, me included. So far during the lockout he has made some positive strides in the right direction by holding player practices and playing in a few lockout games recently to keep his skills up. While this all seems promising, skeptics have heard all the gimmicks from “Seven-Day Dray” before.
As the lockout looms on, he needs to continue to develop his post game instead of settling for mid-to-long-range jumpers as he lazily did for much of the season. In order for him to co-exist with McGee defensively, getting into better shape should help him stay in front of players on defense and contend shots with his length and size.
Ultimately Blatche will need to be more dedicated than ever, come into training camp (whenever that may be) in the best shape of his career and play an entire season like he played during the last month and a half of last season. If he falls short in any way, this may be the last straw for a player who was drafted out of high school six years ago. It is a shame that so far he has wasted so much potential due to immaturity and poor decision making. Here's to hoping that it finally clicks with him now.