18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 block, 46-47% FG, 79% FT.
The Wizards staff and fans alike have been hoping for a breakout season from Blatche since he took the starting PF reigns with the departure of fan favorite Antawn Jamison.
With his most drama-free offseason of his career, Blatche is looking to back up the talk and become the dominant post player that his talent suggests he can be.
While Trevor Booker and a slimmed down Kevin Seraphin are battling behind him, there is little room for error as long as Flip Saunders is willing to hold Blatche accountable.
As the season goes on I could see Blatche’s statistics either go above or below what I predicted based on whether or not he truly buys into playing smart and tough on both ends of the court, with this prediction as the middle-ground.
Despite his boneheaded nature, Blatche has improved his scoring and rebounding averages each year in the league. While he may not become the leader that the front office hopes he can, his individual numbers will most likely continue the upward trend.