The injury-decimated Washington Wizards seem to be fighting a hopeless battle against the Cleveland Cavaliers and it is easy to see why. Coach Eddie Jordan (left) has had to turn to guys like Antonio Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson, Jarvis Hayes, Brendan Haywood, Darius Songalia and even vagabond Roger Mason as primary offensive options behind Antawn Jamison, who is the Wizards only legitimate scoring threat left standing.
The best player of the bunch is Daniels and though a proven playoff performer, he fits best as a 6th man who provides hustle and solid defense of the bench. The rest are utility or spot players. Seeing DeShawn Stevenson consistently brick 20 foot jump shots of the dribble is one of the most frustrating sights in the NBA; its easy to see why the once-ballyhooed prospect is playing for the league's minumem salary this season (after rejecting what now seems like a decent offer from the Magic over the summer). Hayes has not seen his fluid shooting stroke translate into success as an NBA marksman; he is injury prone and seems stiff in the legs. Haywood lacks the basketball I.Q to develop into anything more than what he is now: an average backup center, with a hair-trigger temper too boot (see the repeated fights with the Wizards other mediocre center, Etan Thomas). Without their temperamental superstar Gilbert Arenas and all-around standout Caron Butler, the Wizards are a couple of games away from calling it an early summer.