MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
John Wall has grown by leaps and bounds from his first season to his second. Wittman described Wall as a quarterback on the floor. Wall doesn't need Wittman to call every play; he's developed the ability to have a feel for his teammates, knows who to feed and when, and how to run the team like a coach would.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
Andray Blatche has not lived up to expectations since being drafted by the Wizards seven years ago. Blatche is undisciplined and immature, and is the last of the knuckleheads remaining on the Wizards roster with McGee and Young having been moved.
The Wizards need a more solid veteran leadership, especially if Mo Evans and Roger Mason do not return, and a couple of three point shooters. The Wizards are one of the league's worst teams from three-point range.
FREE AGENT FOCUS
A few players who could help the Wizards are guards Aaron Afflalo, Courtney Lee and Brandon Rush. Afflalo and Rush could bring some offensive firepower and Lee is a strong defender. In the front court, power forward Darrell Arthur and center Omer Asik could bring a strong defensive presence.
--F Chris Singleton is very hard on himself. He gave himself a grade of D for his rookie season. Asked when he realized he was in the NBA and no longer in college, he said, his first game.
"I had higher expectations for myself, but it is what it is. I still have next year to look forward to. I'm still going to keep working, and get better. I don't think I ever hit a rookie wall, but I need to work on my whole offensive game. I just know how people play in the NBA, what things people are going to do. It was just a learning year," Singleton said.
--F Jan Vesely had a difficult season as well, making the transition to the United States, the NBA and a losing team. But at least he didn't have to worry about learning to drive.
"It was tough to be on the court and losing. It doesn't matter if you play, or if you don't play. All the time, it's just tough losing. I had a great time with Wittman as a head coach."
Asked if he had gotten his driver's license yet, Vesely said, "I live five minutes from here, so I don't need to drive."
--G/F Maurice Evans had a couple of difficult stretches during the season. He began the year with a knee injury, then missed a lot of games under coach Flip Saunders, who was given a mandate to play the young players. Before Roger Mason Jr. was released after having surgery, Mason was the veteran presence on the court, and Evans found himself on the bench for 10 straight games. But Evans never stopped coaching, teaching and working with the younger players, and was constantly seen talking to Shelvin Mack and John Wall.
"For me, regardless of how the season went, it has been good for me at this stage in my career. I came here to help these guys out and bring some leadership to the team. It wasn't just about statistics for me, I wanted to be there for them."
--F Rashard Lewis has a bone bruise in his left knee that kept him out for more than half the season. Lewis does not need surgery, and the bruise should heal by the time training camp starts.
--F Andray Blatche has healed from his calf injury, and needs to improve his conditioning to start the next season.
--F Trevor Booker has left foot plantar fasciitis, but should be healed by training camp.
--G Jordan Crawford missed the last two games of the season with a sprained right ankle, but should fine by training camp.
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