As I stated in my earlier post today the Wizards traded away Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall selection for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. I’ll just start out by saying that the 46th selection is pretty meaningless so I’m not going to mention it again. This trade is a lot more complex that it seems at first glance though and as had a wide array of reviews, some really liking the trade for the Wizards and others not. The key to this trade are the salaries because in basketball terms only this would be a steal for the Wizards.
#1 Chicago Bulls vs. #8 Philadelphia 76ers
Even though the Wizards are finishing the season strong and are now on a 3 game winning streak (the highest in the Eastern conference), it seems as if it may not matter as the teams chasing them continue to win as well. After the Cavaliers victory over the Knicks on Friday night, the Hornets are now the only team that can catch the Wiz for that 2nd lottery spot. This means therefore that the Wizards will automatically have either the 2nd or 3rd best spot in the lottery and their pick will be somewhere between 1-6. The last 3 games will decide if the worst spot they can get is 5th. Here are how the standings read now:
Last night was not a good night for Wizards fans as the Wizards pulled out another one, this time defeating the Bucks 121-112. I am not sure there is anything more frustrating to watch than James Singleton out there playing like an All-Star as he is only hurting the Wizards future but then I think back to watching John Beck play QB last year and I am reminded that I am wrong. To add insult to injury, both teams pursuing the Wizards, the Cavs and Hornets, both lost last night to inch closer to us in the standings. Now after last night the standings read like this with 4 games to go:
So as you all know by now one of the most important parts of this season is for the Wizards to get a good draft selection so they can get the best player available. Obviously with the NBA system the way that it is, there is no guaranteeing yourself a top 3 pick but by losing as much as possible you can certainly increase your chances of getting a high pick. As of right now the bottom the NBA standings are as follows:
6. Toronto Raptors: 22-40
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: 20-39
4. Sacramento Kings: 20-41
John Wall: B+
John started off the year poorly and was being ripped by the sports world. Then in the second half of the year he has been playing great. His field goal percentage is better than it was last year, and his points have gone up, as well as his rebounding. The reason John Wall is getting a B+ is because of his shooting and assists. He is 3 for 36 on three-pointers this season, last year he was 34-115. Although he was not shooting well last year, 29% is much better than .083%. His assists have gone down this year too, from 8 apg to 7.7 apg. All in all Wall has had a pretty good season and will hopefully improve even more next season. His best game was against the Rockets in January. He had 38 points and 8 assists, along with 6 rebounds.