The Picture Of Consistency For The Washington Wizards: Brendan Haywood

December 2nd, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
The Washington Wizards have proven themselves to be inconsistent in the early going of the 2009-2010 season. Despite the turmoil stemming from Gilbert Arenas' recent comments or Antawn Jamison's delayed return, Brendan Haywood has shown himself to be the heart and soul the team lacks as a whole.

But for whatever reason, no one is talking about the man in the middle.

Last season, Haywood was available for just six games. Before that he had to split time with Etan Thomas. He never got the chance to shoulder the load of full-time starter. This season has been a completely different story.

His stats don't jump off the page like Dwight Howard's, but Haywood's importance to the Wizards is undeniable.

Haywood is averaging 10.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game this season. He is 0.2 points off his career best from 2007-2008 and is ahead of his career bests in rebounds and blocks.

Despite the modest totals, he has done more than just pad his own statistics.

In nearly every game this season, the Wizards have struggled to put together long runs of good offense. They go on an eight-point run, and then turn the ...

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