Consecutive years in which Caron Butler has increased his scoring average. Butler and Antawn Jamison are the only Eastern Conference teammates to average more than 20 points in each of the last two seasons.
ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE WIZARDS
Flip Saunders was a great choice because he'll let his guys play, which goes to the strengths of this team.... Like a lot of the more talented players, Gilbert Arenas thinks that he increases his team's chances if he's the guy making the plays. Gilbert badly wants to win, it's just that he sometimes loses focus on what it takes.... Caron Butler has exceeded my expectations. He's one of those guys who is more valuable on a better team because of all the little things he does. And that edge he brings makes him important on a finesse team like this one.... One of the things I noticed about Mike Miller in Memphis was that for 47 minutes he would try his damnedest to get up 20 shots, but in the last minute he wanted nothing to do with shooting. On this team he'll be a guy who'll fit in; I don't see him causing a problem if he isn't getting enough shots.... I don't know which [guard] position Randy Foye is better at. He's versatile enough to play both, but I'm not sure he's good enough to start at either.... This is going to be a playoff team that goes out in the first round. Their lack of defense and continuity, with so many new parts coming in, is going to be too much for them to get right in one year.