Washington Wizards Find a Diamond In Randy Foye During Rough Stretch

Matthew Brown@mlb923Correspondent INovember 10, 2009

The Washington Wizards are in the midst of a four-game losing streak amid a flood of seemingly minor injuries to major players.

Randy Foye is making the most of the increased minutes those injuries have afforded him.

His statistics don't jump off the page, but there is a certain quality that is apparent upon inspection. When Foye sees 30 or more minutes on the floor, he averages 15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. When he sees less time, his averages fall to 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Those stats are indicative of the need to get Foye on the floor as much as possible.

The Wizards came into the season with a wealth of talent at the guard positions, with the return of Gilbert Arenas, experience of Mike James, youth of Nick Young, and the addition of Mike Miller and Foye. Young has seen limited action, Miller is injured and James is out for the season with a broken pinkie.

The noticeable exclusion from that list is DeShawn Stevenson. Make your own assumptions about that.

Foye was brought in as an insurance policy for Arenas in case Arenas wasn't back at full strength as he claimed. He has seen a great deal of minutes for the Wizards, but coach Flip Saunders doesn't seem to trust him fully.

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Against Miami, Atlanta, and Cleveland, Foye saw an average of 23 minutes on the floor and put up his lowest totals. All three of those efforts were losses. Saunders seemed content to force Arenas into shouldering the scoring load in those games, which did not result in the best response.

Arenas posted almost 26 points per game against the Hawks, Cavs and Heat, but shot just 37 percent from the field. Arenas scores plenty, but the Wizards should be worried about quality not quantity during their current losing streak.

Foye has progressed as a scorer and a passer since entering the league in 2006, but isn't afforded the same opportunities as he was in Minnesota.

If Foye is in the game with Arenas, more often than not Arenas is getting the ball. And one of the biggest criticisms against Arenas is the quality of his shots.

Foye is expected to give a boost off the bench, but he needs to be put in charge of running the offense and not just getting the ball to Arenas.

The Wizards have plenty of offensive weapons sitting on their bench, just waiting for a chance to get on the floor. Coach Saunders is going to have to find a better way of delegating the minutes if he expects Foye to produce the way he is capable of.


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