Archive for the 'Washington Wizards' Category

22
Nov
07

Gilbert Arenas out 3 Months

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I’m saddened by this news, because he’s on one of my teams. I hope he takes the time to get healthy. By now most of you have picked up Antonio Daniels, as I have, to make up for the lost. Daniels should have a good season. He will be very good for you in the assists column and will score enough points.

Andray Blatche is an interesting player. Most people are recommending you pick him up because of his last two games, and on a pure talent standpoint, I agree. However, Brendan Haywood is expected to be back next game, which should send Andray back to the bench. Although, with Gilbert out, the Wizards will need help in scoring and Andray can definitely do that. Also, if the Wizards continue to lose, they may decide to just start planning for the future and give Blatche more playing time so he can develop, if that happens Nick Young might also get a boost in his minutes and could be effective. Keep an eye on how this plays out.

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16
Nov
07

Gilbert’s Blog

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 I have become a fan of Gilbert Arenas this year, since I started reading his blog.  I have always found him unique and somewhat interesting, but I honestly didn’t know much about him, so I just didn’t seem to care too much either way. 

A friend of mine, Dobie, has been the biggest fan I know.  In 2002 we were having our fantasy draft and Dobie took a player by the name of Gilbert Arenas with his last pick in the draft.  We all looked at him and said, “Who the hell is that?  That kid from Arizona?”  We thought nothing of it, until Gilbert blew up that year and averaged 18.3 points, 6.3 assists, 4.7 boards, and 1.5 steals!  Needless to say, Dobie won that year (obviously it wasn’t just because of Gilbert, but he helped a lot).  Dobie couldn’t stop talking about Arenas from then on, and still can’t to some degree.  I, on the other hand, thought he was somewhat overrated and kind of a showboat…. until this off-season. 

As mentioned above, I have been reading his blog and have simply loved it!  He is unlike most famous athletes and people in general in that he embraces his quirkiness.  He doesn’t seem to care too much about what other people think of him (on and off the court).  He is who he is and that’s it.  I respect that. 

I’m sure most of you have read his blog (if your reading mine, you DEFINITELY have read his), but I want to link his latest entry because it shows his personality (he has given himself a new nickname) and he discusses his knee, which is an ongoing topic on Just Give Me The Stats!! since I have him on one of my teams!  It’s my blog, so I discuss the players that are most important to me.  Get used to it. 

 Here’s the link.  Enjoy:

http://my.nba.com/forum.jspa?forumID=400032200

14
Nov
07

Gilbert Appreciates Our Prayers.

Last Friday I made a plea for Gilbert. I asked everyone to say a prayer for him and his knee, and said that I believed things would start looking up in a week, if we did that. Well, God does hear and answer our prayers! The Wizards played the Pacers and won, thanks in large part to Gilbert! Here’s his stat line for the game:

30 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 50% shooting and 9 of 11 from the line in 36 minutes

THAT’S THE GILBERT I DRAFTED IN THE FIRST ROUND!!!! I’m sure there will be a let down in his next game, as he is obviously still getting healthy, but it’s just great to see him do it for a game!

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Gilbert we will continue to pray for you and simply ask that you give us more nights like this!!!

09
Nov
07

A Prayer for Gilbert

The Wizards lost to the Nets last night 87 to 85.  Arenas played 43 minutes with 21, 4, & 6.  He shot 7-17 from the field and 2-7 from three (missed all of the three point attempts he took in the second half).  In fact, he only shot 2 of 9 in the second half, including a HORRIBLE three point shot that came up 6 feet short to win the game.  This is not a good sign! 

Gilbert came out just fine shooting 4 of 8 in the first half, and crashed in the second half, as just mentioned. What’s this tell you boys and girls?? YES, Gilbert’s knee is NOT OK!! To confirm that fact, word is that Gilbert will be undergoing an MRI on his knee and may be asking Eddie Jordan to reduce his playing time. OUCH!!! This really sucks for all Gilbert owners….. ME INCLUDED!!

Shame on me for trusting him when he told everyone on his blog to draft him in our fantasy leagues because his knee was just fine.  Plus, he’s in a contract year. I mean, GILBERT IN A CONTRACT YEAR!!! What’s not to love about that! He’s the ultimate “contract year guy” that you want on your team, right? A pure scorer who’s selfish enough to put up 30 points per game, yet unselfish enough to get 6-8 assists per game as well.  I honestly expected Gilbert to compete for the scoring title this year.  Well, not if his knee is jacked! Damn!

Here’s what we can do; if everyone who has Gilbert Arenas on their team (fantasy owners and Wizards fans alike) just kneel down every night for a week and say a little prayer to heal his knee, I believe he will come out of this just fine. Look, I don’t care if you don’t believe in God, just do it! Kneel down and talk to the damn ceiling for all I care, but Gilbert needs all the help we can give him and from my desk here in Texas, a prayer is the only thing I can offer.

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Gilbert, we’ll be praying for you and your knee! Get well soon, buddy!

22
Oct
07

Washington Wizards Preview

Washington had the big three in the east last year, but Gilbert went down and that was the end of their hopes. They come back this year with the same team, because they believe they have the right guys to get the job done, while I disagree. Gilbert is amazing, although selfish at times, and he misses more clutch free throws and shots than most superstars (people just remember the ones that he makes because ESPN really highlights those). Caron Butler is extremely good, as is Jamison, but is that enough? It’s obviously not. They need other players to really step up, so let’s see who might be capable.

Projected starting lineup with last year’s stats:
Stats follow this format – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG percentage & Minutes

PG – Gilbert Arenas
28.4 – 4.6 – 6 – 1.88 – 0.18 – 42% & 40

SG – DeShaw Stevenson
11.2 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 0.79 – 0.23 – 46% & 30

SF – Caron Butler
19.1 – 7.4 – 3.7 -2.13 – 0.27 – 46% & 39

PF – Antawn Jamison
19.8 – 8 – 1.9 – 1.14 – 0.51 – 45% – 38

C – Brendan Haywood
6.6 – 6.2 – 0.6 – 0.44 – 1.14 – 56% & 22

Key Bench Players
Antonio Daniels
Darius Songaila
Andray Blatche

Yes, I only put 3 players hat will get decent minutes off the bench. When you have three players averaging close to 40 minutes per game, there isn’t much room for anyone else.

PG
We have already discussed Gilbert. He’s the best PG out there in the fantasy world, though I would take quite a few ahead of him in real life. Daniels will get minutes, as Gilbert plays SG as well, but Daniels wont have much value.

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SG
I like DeShawn Stevenson as a player, but he wont do much for your team. Avoid him.

SF
Caron Butler is fantastic. He does it all, except for blocks (which you don’t expect at that position anyways).

PF
Jamison will score and he loves the three, but he’ll also give you decent rebounds, though I usually want more out of a PF. Songailia will back him up here, but again, no value unless there is an injury to Jamison or Haywood.

C
Brendan has the job, but he’s not the answer on this team. Look at his minutes per game last year and you will see. He is very raw offensively, and if you say he’s out there for his defense, then you and the Wizards are wrong. He simply is not a good defender. 1.14 blocks per game is pathetic for a 7 footer who’s been in the league as long as he has. I like Blatche here and think he has the talent to over take the starting job, but the question there is his dedication, desire and mental makeup. If he can put it all together, then he’s possibly the answer the Wiz have been looking for. Keep an eye on him.

This team will score a lot, because they can’t stop my ANYONE, but all the love will go to the big three. This is an easy team to preview. Look at last year. It’s more of the same.