New Lineup Has Butler at Guard
VIDEO | DeShawn Stevenson
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Caron Butler has almost exclusively played forward during his two-plus seasons with the Washington Wizards.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
During last night's 103-90 win over the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center, however, Butler played guard for long stretches in a new-look lineup put together by Coach Eddie Jordan.
It featured the 6-foot-7 Butler as part of a larger unit that at various times included the 6-9 Antawn Jamison, the 6-11 Andray Blatche, the 6-8 Darius Songaila and the 7-0 Brendan Haywood.
"It makes us a lot bigger," said Gilbert Arenas, who played guard next to Butler in the taller lineup.
"With Darius or Andray at forward along with Antawn and Brendan, we can really give teams a different look. It's working well."
One benefit for Butler could be forcing opponents to defend him with guards, something he can take advantage of by posting up.
On one possession last night, he backed down 6-3 Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley before banking in a shot.
"It worked some in the Atlanta game and coach thought it would be a good look," said Butler, who is averaging 21.6 points while shooting a team-best 48.3 percent.
"It makes a team adjust to us. Like tonight, they had Marquis Daniels and Kareem Rush in and they had to switch that up because that wasn't going to work. It allows us to dictate to the other team who they can have in the game. I like that."
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