Category Archives: Washington Wizards

NBA Comparison Tool: John Wall & Marcin Gortat

New Orleans Hornets v Washington Wizards

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Previously I looked at the NCAA Comparison tool and looked at the prospects of Otto Porter and Bradley Beal. Now, Nylon Calculus has updated that work flow to include a NBA comparison.

I took a look at the two Wizards who stepped up the most from 2013 to 2014: John Wall and Marcin Gortat.

John Wall’s 2013


Hot Rod Strickland averaged 12.6 ppg and 7.5 assists in 2000 (While he was playing for Washington!). Andre Miller was a rookie in Cleveland in 2000 and he averaged 11.1 ppg with 5.8 assists. JWall in 2013 was rocking 18.5 ppg and 7.6 assists. Hence the bump in the positive SD on Strickland and the Professor.

John Wall’s 2014


These stats for Wall are much more favorable. Isiah Thomas in 1989 lead the Pistons to the Championship. 2013 Russell Westbrook rocked 23.2 ppg and 7.4 assists and was leading the Thunder to a bonkers run before Patrick Beverly took him out in the playoffs. 2003 Jason Kidd had 18.7 ppgs and 8.9 assists while he lead the Nets to a finals appearance.

2014 JWall averaged 19.3 ppg and 8.8 assists per game. So it’s fair to say Wall had a Finals caliber year, even though they didn’t get past the second round of the playoffs.

Marcin Gortat 2013


Gortat’s last year in Phoenix was comparable to Chiefs last season in Boston. Parish got 11.7 ppgs and 7.3 rpg. Those were the dark years of the Celtics, on a lineup with Rick Fox, Kevin Gamble and Xavier McDaniel. So, yikes.

Rick Mahorn 1989 matched with Isiah Thomas winning a championship with 7.3 ppgs and 6.9 rpg. The 84 Mahorn (as a Bullet) bumped up to 9ppg but a wild 9 rpg.

Marcin 2013 pulled 8.5 rpg but bumped up the scoring to 11.1 ppg.

Marcin Gortat 2014


Those Al Horford comparisons are pretty nice to look at. Especially in his role with the Hawks, 09 Horford had 11.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg while ’10 Hoford upped the points 14.2 a game and rebounds up to 9.9.

Mike Gminski, no Wizards/Bullet connection but he does have the nickname G-Man, and knocked down 17.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg.

2014 Marcin shot 13.2 ppg with 9.5 rpg. A solid comparison all around, Marcin has stayed an over 50% FG shooter since his rookie year and spends a lot of energy on the defensive end of the floor, of his 9.5 rebounds a game, seven of them come of the defensive end.

The comparisons are a nice and accurate way to look at who else put up these kind of numbers. Gortat’s comparisons don’t have the championship pedigree the way John Wall’s has, but if he keeps up with the Horford comps WS/48 09 – .145, WS/48 10 – .183 while Gortat’s WS/48 last year was .146.

It’s become vital for the Wizards to him on the floor.



Last Nights Number: Wizards vs New York Knicks

Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls


The Truth pulled the team out of a slow start and put up 17 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, two blocks and zero turnovers. Garrett Temple finally got his offensive game going and he also got 17 points. And the bench unit lead by Andre Miller finally woke up, with Miller, Drew Gooden III and Kevin Seraphin all scoring in double digits. Speaking of rim protection again, the Wiz got 5 total blocks. Overall a really good effort, but it was against the Knicks, so don’t get too excited.

The Wizards play tonight against the Indiana Pacers on ESPN.

Last Nights Number: Wizards vs Orlando Magic

New Orleans Hornets v Washington Wizards


John Wall lead all players with 30 points and 12 assists and the Wiz were up and down with the Magic, but managed to pull away once Paul Pierce iced a baseline shot in the final seconds. Wizards managed to have 0 blocks, the night before against the Heat they had 2 blocks. Granted this is Small Sample Size Theater, but in the first game for the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis had 9 blocks.

Wizards next game is the home opener on November 1st against the Bucks.

Last Nights Number: Wizards vs Miami Heat


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Drew Gooden III had 18 points in 34 minutes as he got the start at the Power Forward position for the Wizards. He went 8 for 11 shooting, with 5 rebounds and one assist. The Wizards lost to the Heat 107-95 as they were down three players in Nene, DeJuan Blair and Glen Rice Jr. Chris Bosh was in Raptors form as he went for 26 points, but the real story was the short career of Rasual Butler as a Wizard.

RIP Rasual.

Rasual Butler: The Last Spot


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And the last Highlander appears to be Rasual Butler.

He brings long experience and stability to the bench, something that Randy Whittman likes a lot. In the five pre-season games with the Wizards, Butler averaged 20 minutes, 6.8 ppg, 2 rebounds and an assist. He shot 40% in three-pointers and averaged less than a turnover a game.

So Butler may not win you a game, but he certainly won’t lose you one either.

His scoring really dropped off the last couple years, but he was averaging small amounts of garbage time per game. It appears he will mostly be doing the same, except for maybe this first month where injuries will put him in regular rotation.

Other fun facts, he appeared in a Trina video and appeared as himself in “Think Like A Man.”

Now we can bestow the nickname Ra’s Al Ghul upon him, hoping that the Verizon Center turns into his Lazarus Pit.