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Wizards Summer School: Jordan Crawford


Wizards Summer School: Jordan Crawford

Shot selection is the number one priority for guard Jordan Crawford to work on this summer if he wants to improve his game and be a major contributor to the Wizards in 2012-13. Undeniably, Crawford can score the ball, but his decision-making offensively, especially when and where he shoots the ball, has to get better.

WhenCrawfordplays within himself and doesn't try to force the issue offensively, he is a threat. But when he brings the ball up,doesn'tlook to pass and jacks up a deep shot, it doesn't help the team.

The 6'-4" Crawford hoisted 273 three-pointers, making only 79 of them for just 29 percent. For the season, Crawfordaveraged14 points on just 40 percent shooting. Crawford started 32 games as the team's shooting guard andaveraged16 points a game.

Crawford scored20-plus points in seven straight games in March, but the Wizards won only one of those games.When in a flow, Crawford can be explosive. In a late April win over Milwaukee, Crawford scored 32 points to beat a Bucks team that still had hopes for the playoffs.

What will coach Randy Wittman want Crawford to do this off-season to improve his shot selection? For starters,Crawfordshould watch a lot of tape on some of the better shooting guards in the league who constantly move without the ball -- such as Ray Allen of Boston. Or even go back in the files and watch Indiana's Reggie Miller, who constantly ran off screens and put his defender through his paces.

Crawford is much better as a catch and shoot player rather than create his own shot,especiallyfrom distance.

WillCrawfordbe the starter next season? With the Wizards seriously considering taking a 2 guard with the third overall selection, Crawford may be headed back to the bench. If that plays out, Crawfordcould be a microwave off the bench with instant offense.Crawfordalso can handle the ball and could be used as back-up point guard to starter John Wall next season.

Crawford has incredibleconfidence in his game but he must take better shots. If he can find a happy medium, the Wizards will be happy.

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.


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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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