The Washington Wizards decided to finally shake up the disjointed team and bring back an old friend, Shelvin Mack. Mack was one of the last cuts at the beginning of the season, when the team decided to keep Janero Pargo and A.J. Price instead. Pargo ended up being cut within 2 weeks of the season as Price took hold of the starting guard spot while John Wall has been out with a knee injury. Shaun Livingston was brought back to compete with Price for minutes at the lead guard spot and played well in spot duty. Price took hold of the starting spot and had actually started to be playing at a nice level before breaking a bone in his hand. The Wizards decided to make Jordan Crawford the lead guard instead of giving Livingston the nod, and that’s when things went from bad to worse.
What made Ernie Grunfeld and the Wizards wait as long as they did while the offense sputtered, we may never know. Crawford, still learning how to be a pro, was saddled with too much when asked to run the offense. He often failed at getting the team in their sets while balancing out his need for shooting the ball and taking tough shots. Finally, after maybe two of the worst games of the season against a lowly opponent, Mack has been given a second chance.
Mack was actually doing well in the D-League. HoopsHype.com even had him [Mack] ranked as the 3rd-rated D-Leaguer ready for a call up. It will be interesting to see if he has actually improved on some of the skills that caused him to get cut in the first place. As long as Mack can get the offense into the proper sets and show some sort of semblance of an NBA offense, he will have a roster spot. That is, at least until Wall and Price return from injury. Mack has a lot to prove. The Wizards are hoping he has improved, being that they invested a 2nd round pick in him last year. This can end up being a win-win for the Wizards and Mack.