Monday, May 12, 2008

Position-by-Position Review: Shooting Guard

With Gilbert out of the lineup this past season, the Wizards lacked scoring from their backcourt. DeShawn Stevenson filled his role admirably: showing improved accuracy on his three-point stroke and playing good defense. His toughness was essential to this team's success.

Nick Young has all the offensive tools you could ask for in a shooting guard: he can shoot from everywhere, he can break players down off the bounce, he can split double teams and he can even post-up. He must improve his defense and court awareness to reach his potential (which is a 20 point per game scorer). Adding 10-15 pounds of muscle will surely help his cause but Nick needs to find a DeShawn-like mean streak. Nick's goal should be to challenge for the starting two guard role.

Roger Mason won the Wizards a few games this year with his outside shooting (the Seattle game comes to mind) so his value should not be overlooked. Mason is an elite stand-still shooter and if the Wizards hope to make a deep run, his services will be needed. If Mason could breakdown defenders off the dribble, his value would sky-rocket (I think he can).

If the Wizards lose Mason, I think they need to get a veteran two-guard with the ability to get to the rim. Overall, the shooting guard position does not appear to be a position of great need.

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