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[12] Guard
Kirk Hinrich

Age: 29.

Experience: Eighth season.

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 190.

College: Kansas.

Acquired: Via trade with Chicago on June 24.

Last season: 10.9 PPG, 4.5 APG, 40.9 FG%

STRENGTHS

Solid, dependable and professional. Provides stability and leadership. Capable of playing either guard position on offense and commits few turnovers. A tenacious defender. Willing to mix it up against larger foes.

WEAKNESSES

The Bulls gave away Hinrich and sweetened the pot with a draft pick and $3 million. Hasn't averaged more than 12 points since 2006-07. Limited athletically. Gets few points inside, leads to low career field goal percentage (41.5).

 

[2] Guard
John Wall

Age: 20.

Experience: First season.

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 195.

College: Kentucky.

Acquired: Drafted No. 1 overall on June 24.

Last season (Ky.): 16.6 PPG, 6.5 APG, 46.1 FG%

STRENGTHS

A stellar athlete, with tremendous speed and leaping ability. Wall is already one of the fastest NBA players with the ball. Excels in the open floor but can also run a half-court offense. An unselfish floor general with superb vision. Has fearless attitude and provides vocal leadership.

WEAKNESSES

Needs a consistent jump shot. Takes a pounding inside because he has to finish at the rim. Gets careless with the ball and is turnover prone. Has a tendency to force action.

 

[7] Forward-center
Andray Blatche

Age: 25.

Experience: Sixth season.

Height: 6-11.

Weight: 260.

High School: South Kent Prep (Conn.).

Acquired: Selected 49th overall in 2005 draft.

Last season: 14.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 47.8 FG%

STRENGTHS

Versatile, talented big man with quickness, agility, ball-handling skills and scoring ability. Had a breakout, potential-affirming performance in final 32 games last season, averaging 22.1 points, 8.3 rebounds.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks conditioning after breaking right foot this summer. A poor post defender. A decent passer, but doesn't look for teammates enough. Relies on jumper too much. Two dust-ups with Saunders last season raise doubts about maturity.

The rest of the roster

PLAYER 2009-10 STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES

[1] Guard
Nick Young

Age: 25. Season: Fourth.
Height: 6-7. Wt.: 210.
College: Southern California.
Acquired: Selected 16th overall in 2007 draft.
G: 74.
PPG: 8.6 .
APG: 0.6.
FG%: 40.6.
A streaky shooter who can score in bunches. A great one-on-one scorer, he has become effective coming off screens. Excellent leaper.
Tends to drift and lose focus when his shot isn't falling. Needs to develop better all-around game. Remains a mediocre defender. Still struggles to grasp schemes.

[3] Guard
Lester Hudson

Age: 26. Season: Second.
Height: 6-3. Wt.: 190.
College: Tennessee -Martin.
Acquired: Signed as free agent on Sept. 24.
G: 25.
PPG: 2.3.
APG: 0.5.
FG%: 39.6.
A combo guard who can play either position. An unselfish player and a strong, solid defender. Nicknamed "Baby Microwave" for his ability to heat up and score.
Has yet to show ability to run a team. Makes questionable decisions as a point guard. Relatively undersized. Lacks lateral quickness.

[5] Forward-Guard
Josh Howard

Age: 30. Season: Eighth.
Height: 6-7. Wt.: 210.
College: Wake Forest.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 30.
G: 35.
PPG: 12.7.
APG: 1.4.
FG%: 40.5.
Former all-star is a feisty competitor who can slash to the basket or hit step-back jump shot. A versatile wing player with long, active arms. Aggressive defender. Accustomed to winning.
Will be out first few weeks with left knee injury. Missed 77 games past two seasons with injuries. Production has declined since career-best season in 2007-08.

[9] Guard
Gilbert Arenas

Age: 28. Season: 10th.
Height: 6-4. Wt.: 215.
College: Arizona.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent in August 2003.
G: 32.
PPG: 22.6.
APG: 7.2.
FG%: 41.1.
More natural as shooting guard. Fearless competitor and dynamic scorer with limitless range on jumper. Freed from primary ball-handling duties, can take more quality shots.
Injuries and a 50-game suspension for bringing guns to locker room have limited him to 47 games the last three seasons. Immature. Mediocre defender.

[13] Forward
Kevin Seraphin

Age: 20. Season: First.
Height: 6-9. Wt.: 275.
Country: French Guiana.
Acquired: Via trade with Chicago on June 24.
n/a
Physically imposing big man provides strength. Moves great for his size. Has tremendous upside. Sets solid screens.
Very raw. Has awkward form on his jump shot. Speaks limited English, which makes adjustment to NBA more difficult.

[14] Forward
Al Thornton

Age: 26. Season: Fourth.
Height: 6-8. Wt.: 235.
College: Florida State.
Acquired: Via trade with Clippers and Cavs in Feb.
G: 75.
PPG: 10.7.
RPG: 3.9.
FG%: 47.3.
A natural scorer, he can slash and finish. Averaged nearly 17 points in second season. Has shown flashes of being capable perimeter defender. Arrived in best shape of career.
Struggles with inconsistency on offense and defense. Energy level oscillates. Lacks reliable jump shot for offense that requires catch-and-shoot players.

[20] Forward
Cartier Martin

Age: 25. Season: Third.
Height: 6-7. Wt.: 220.
College: Kansas State.
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on Sept. 24.
G: 18.
PPG: 7.8.
RPG: 3.8.
FG%: 36.8.
Aggressive on offense with sweet stroke. Can finish at the rim. Has good fundamentals and ideal shooting guard build. Active defender.
Poor ball-handler. Does a few things well, but isn't extraordinary at anything.

[24] Center-forward
Hilton Armstrong

Age: 25. Season: Fifth.
Height: 6-11. Wt.: 235.
College: Connecticut.
Acquired: Signed as free agent on July 13.
G: 33.
PPG: 2.2.
RPG: 2.5.
FG%: 35.4.
Hard-working, intelligent, very unselfish and a decent passer. Active on glass, plays good team defense and individual post defense.
Has struggled with confidence. Plays timid at times. Had undistinguished career and was traded two times last season.

[31] Forward
Yi Jianlian

Age: 23. Season: Fourth.
Height: 7-0. Wt.: 250.
Country: China.
Acquired: Via trade with New Jersey on June 29.
G: 52.
PPG: 12.
RPG: 7.2.
FG%: 40.3.
Versatile forward who can stretch the floor. Has deceptive athleticism and quickness. Decent rebounder. Coming off impressive performance in FIBA World Championship.
Poor finisher at the rim. Offers limited resistance inside on defense. Can be overly reliant on his jump shot. Confidence waivers with his ability to score.

[34] Center
JaVale McGee

Age: 21. Season: Third.
Height: 7-0. Wt.: 252.
College: Nevada-Reno.
Acquired: Selected 18th overall in 2008 draft.
G: 60.
PPG: 6.4.
RPG: 4.1.
FG%: 50.8.
A supremely athletic big man. Can block shots and supply highlight dunks. Has incredible size and length. Endurance has improved after discovering he has athletic asthma.
Focus on shot-blocking keeps him from being a better rebounder. Often prefers style over substance. Still lacks strength inside. Tends to collect cheap fouls.

[35] Forward
Trevor Booker

Age: 22. Season: First.
Height: 6-7. Wt.: 240.
College: Clemson.
Acquired: Via trade with Minnesota on June 24.
n/a Relentless, fast, energy player compensates for lack of height with hustle. Excels in individual low-post defense and trapping.
Lacks size to consistently play power forward and outside shot to play small forward. Struggles grasping zone and team defensive schemes.

[55] Center
Hamady Ndiaye

Age: 23. Season: First
Height: 7-0. Wt.: 235.
College: Rutgers.
Acquired: Via trade with Minnesota on June 24.
n/a A good shot blocker, was Big East defensive player of the year. Hard worker with positive attitude. Great teammate who lightens mood in locker room. Has steady learning curve.
Extremely raw. Limited offensively. Lacks a go-to move inside. Despite size, not a great rebounder. Wizards had hoped he'd find employment in Europe.
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