Sunday, August 23, 2009

5 Predictions for the 2009-10 Washington Wizards

; ;1. Gilbert Arenas will average over 8 assists per game – ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; It is quite obvious that with all the new offensive weapons and a healthy roster, Gilbert Arenas’ scoring average is going to go down. ;He isn’t going to be able to keep up a 29.3 ppg season like he did in 2005-06. ;My guess is that his numbers will drop down to around his career average of 22 ppg. ;Maybe even a little bit lower as there are going to be plenty of guys begging for the rock. ;Scoring averages aside, with Gilbert Arenas back in the line-up everyone will benefit. ;Gil still gets respect for his scoring capabilities, as evidenced in the two games last year in which he tallied 20 assists and no turnovers. ;He has the ability to draw the double team and help defense, much like Kobe, Dwyane, and Lebron, giving him opportunities to pass the ball off to the open man. ;In the two games he played last year, you could see that Gilbert still has a quick first step but is more cautious with it. ;That hesitancy makes opponents play on their heels which allows Gilbert to blow by them on a drive and get the basket or draw the foul. ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; What is going to happen is Gilbert will come out this season as a type of player we aren’t used to seeing wear number “0.” ;His essentially two years away from the game have undoubtedly changed his perspective as a floor general. ;What will emerge is a Gilbert Arenas that involves his teammates while still showcasing the killer instinct that makes him the great scorer he is. ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Gilbert’s career assist average is 5.5 apg, a great figure for a small forward but not up to par with the best point guards in the league. ;Here are his assist averages over a few seasons:

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