Washington Wizards: Can Andray Blatche Become a Franchise Player?

March 18th, 2011 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
Around this time last season, the Washington Wizards had a similarly terrible record and were coping with the reality of life after Washington mainstays Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood were dealt at the trade deadline. Out of that roster overhaul emerged Andray Blatche, who made the most of the opportunity to start over the last 32 games of the season.

Blatche was signed to a five-year contract before the season, and the hope is that he will be another piece in the puzzle alongside John Wall.

However successful Blatche has been since assuming the starting job, there seems to be something lacking. He averaged over 20 points as a starter last season and is averaging just under 16 points per game in 55 games this season. He does what he is supposed to, rather than everything he can do.

It is a matter of potential versus ability and Blatche is relying too heavily on the former to be a franchise player for the Wizards.

Since he was drafted with the 49th pick in the 2005 Draft, it has always been about potential with Blatche. He has the potential to be a great player, the potential to be star. When he took over as the start ...

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