Friday , Nov , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Carrying On About Marbury; Wizards Need Line-Up Change

Carrying On About Marbury; Wizards Need Line-Up Change

It amazes me how many people here and other sites rush to Stephon Marbury’s defense. You would think over the past few years he has been a top five guard in the NBA and led the Knicks to multiple playoff appearances. The bottom line is that the guy brought nothing positive to the Knicks organization and has never showed the ability to lead a winning team. Whenever he gets traded or released, the team that got rid of him immediatley starts improving.

Everybody wants to hate on the Knicks current guards, especially Chris Duhon. I know in tonight’s victory over Washington the guy had 12 assists and 0 turnovers, along with 7 rebounds and 2 three-pointers made. Nobody is trying to say that Duhon is a great starting point guard, but he can get the job done especially with somebody like Nate Robinson coming off the bench. His numbers might be ugly but I see the Knicks at 3-2, coming off a game where five players scored in double digits. The point guard deserves some of the credit for that.

On to the Wizards, who have major issues right now at 0-4. Caron Butler and Antawan Jamison are taking care of business as usual. The guys are warriors and have been nothing but consistently productive for the Wizards since their arrival. Yet, beyond those two it is time for Washington to consider some line-up changes.

There is no reason to be starting Antonio Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson, and Etan Thomas right now. The three of them simply are bringing nothing to the table. Beyond that, the Wizards have plenty of talent coming off the bench. JaVale McGee should be the starting center right now. The guy was all over the place tonight and put up a double-double. Juan Dixon didn’t make a ton of shots off the bench but handed out 11 assists, compared to Daniels 5. How about Nick Young? The guy provides instant offense whenever he is in the game. It is time to make him your starting shooting guard. It isn’t like he has an all-pro in front of him.

Eddie Jordan needs to embrace the youth movement. Let’s see major minutes for Young, McGee, and Andrey Blatche. These guys can hold the fort down until Gilbert Arenas and Brandon Haywood return. Antawan Jamison and Caron Butler can’t do this thing on their own.