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HARRIS: Eric Maynor will make Wizards better on, off court
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And he did. He signed everything thrown at him and posed for a lot of pictures. All with a genuine smile.
Among his teammates, he was like the Pied Piper. I’ve never seen a better leader, never seen anyone who commands respect the way Maynor did.
While that high level of character counts for something, it certainly isn’t enough reason for the Wizards to sign Maynor. He has to be able to play, too, and he can.
Keep in mind the Wizards aren’t looking to replace John Wall. They’re looking for a capable backup, someone who can keep things moving in the right direction when Wall comes out for a breather. Maynor performed that job very well in Oklahoma City and again in his brief stay in Portland. He’s also capable of playing the other guard slot.
From The Oregonian’s website: “In 27 appearances with the Blazers, Maynor averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in 21.2 minutes per game, and his addition provided a late-season spark for eventual Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard.”
Pretty good work for a backup.
In another article on The Oregonian’s website, Lillard spoke of the difference in his game after Maynor’s arrival. “I feel a huge difference,” Lillard said. “Everything has opened up. Everything has slowed down.”
He has averages of 4.5 points and 3 assists for his career. A knee injury cost him much of the 2011-12 season, but he showed last season he was fully recovered.
He will be a plus on the court for the Wizards. He’ll be a plus off the court for the Wizards. I may be the happiest Washingtonian now that it is about to happen. Everyone else will follow suit later.
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