Much has been made this offseason about the maturity and leadership needed from both Blatche and McGee. Blatche (entering his sixth season) and McGee (his fourth), are in the most pivotal year of their careers here in Washington.
After this season, McGee will be a restricted free agent, and, thus far, will take three giant steps forward, only to turn around and take two steps back. With his flash-over-substance play up until this point, a lot was made of his dedication to working on actual offensive post moves over the off-season.
Ernie will be put in a tough position of whether or not to offer an extension to arguably one of the most athletically gifted and frustrating players in the entire league. The challenge for the Wizards' Coach Saunders, specifically, is whether they can finally get it into Javale’s head to play smart consistently throughout the season.
If Javale is able to live up to expectations this year, he will make a case for big money with the lack of talented centers in the league right now.
Blatche, coming into this year, is one of the seasoned veterans on the team, but due to his antics in the past, his leadership abilities and maturity have been questioned. He has made promising strides this offseason, attempting to organize team workouts during the lockout and committing to playing in the post during training camp.
Wizards fans have seen the talk before from Blatche, and subsequently the lack of substance to follow up the talk, which has a large portion of the Wizards' fan base ready to move him immediately.
With patience wearing thin, a consistent, drama-free year from Blatche would silence many doubters and restore confidence in the $35 million dollar extension given to him by GM Ernie Grunfeld.