Washington Wizards Better off Without Nick Young Next Season

September 16th, 2011 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
Though the NBA is currently in the midst of their own lockout, there are plenty of teams with questions to answer in this prolonged offseason. For the Washington Wizards, they must make a decision on whether to retain shooting guard Nick Young, or let Jordan Crawford step into a starter's role.

Young had his most productive season as a professional last season, but the Wizards would be better off letting him continue his career elsewhere.

Last season, Young averaged 17.4 points per game to lead the Wizards in scoring. He added 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in the process, which highlight his one-dimensional approach. He missed 18 games with a knee injury, making way for Crawford to step in, and 16.3 points per game in 26 appearances with the Wizards.

It is no secret that the Wizards have seen a lot of roster turnover in the past two years, but the important pieces appear to be in place. John Wall is the franchise point guard, JaVale McGee is the explosively athletic big man, and Jan Vesely is the wing man with fast break specialization.

Andray Blatche fits somewhere in between, but has seen his stock drop with the stronger, grittier forwar ...

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