Friday, February 15, 2013

The First Half Of The Wizards' Season In Pictures

With the NBA on their annual all-star break, I thought it'd be fitting to take a look back at the first half of the 2012-13 season as seen from my perspective

Wizards guard Jordan Crawford dribbles around a screen from forward Nene in a game against the Brooklyn Nets
Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal
Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins goes one-on-one with center Hasheem Thabeet during pregame warmups
Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins drives to the basket during pregame warmups, as teammate Eric Maynor looks on
Hawks rookie guard John Jenkins, right, practices with assistant coach Nick Van Exel
Magic guard Jameer Nelson drives around guard DeQuan Jones during pregame warmups
Magic guard E'twaun Moore looks disgruntled, as Wizards forward Jan Vesely goes to the foul line
Wizards guard A.J. Price stares down Magic guard Ish Smith
Now playing for his ninth professional basketball team, Timberwolves forward Chris Johnson was signed to two 10-day contracts before being signed for the remainder of the season by Minnesota.
Wizards guard Garrett Temple looks for a screen from forward Trevor Booker in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves
Wizards guard Garrett Temple is defended by Timberwolves forwards Derrick Williams, left, and Lou Amundson, right
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich
Bulls forward Carlos Boozer
Bulls rookie guard Marquis Teague
As Derrick Rose continues to rehabilitate from a torn ACL, Kirk Hinrich has filled in nicely for Chicago at point guard.
The Bulls are hoping Derrick Rose can make an impact this season, upon returning from a torn ACL that has kept him sidelined since last April.
No Rush: Rose stated recently that he wouldn't mind missing the entire season if that's what it would take to fully rehabilitate.
Wizards guard John Wall has averaged 14.7 points and 7.3 assists in 18 games this season, since returning to the lineup on January 12th from a knee injury.
2009 three-point shootout champion Daequan Cook walks off the court after a Bulls' loss to the Wizards at the Verizon Center
Kings forward Francisco Garcia
Kings rookie forward, and D.C. native, Thomas Robinson

Kings guard Jimmer Fredette
Francisco Garcia, a native of Dominican Republic, competed represented his home country last summer at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela
Wizards forward Nene posts up Kings forward Chuck Hayes
John Wall takes it hard to the basket past Sacramento defenders
Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas directs the Sacramento offense, while John Wall defends
Since Wall's return, the Wizards have won 10 of their last 18 games, after starting the season 5-28
Wall defends diminutive 5'9" Kings guard Isaiah Thomas
Nene backs down Kings forward Chuck Hayes
Wall directs the Wizards offense against Sacramento
John Wall drives on Chuck Hayes
Kings forward Francisco Garcia, center, shouts out commands to teammate Chuck Hayes, right. Thomas Robinson, left, listens intently.
Clippers forward Grant Hill is one of two players in the NBA still playing at the age of 40
Clippers guard Chris Paul will make his sixth NBA all-star appearance on Sunday night in Houston.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has averaged 16.8 points per game coming off the bench this season, making him a candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the year award.
Wizards guard Martell Webster, left, has a good laugh with teammate John Wall, right, coming out of a timeout
A 14 year NBA veteran, Lamar Odom spent 7 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, but has returned to the Los Angeles Clippers, the same team that originally drafted him in 1999.
John Wall defends Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe
Triple-teamed: John Wall is surrounded by three Clippers defenders
Wall is defended by Eric Bledsoe
Wall tries to dribble past Eric Bledsoe...
But is again met by multiple defenders
Nene, foreground, goes to the foul line. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, background, yells out to a teammate.
Trash talk? Clippers forward, right, has a discussion with Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, left.
Knicks rookie forward, and University of Colorado grad, Chris Copeland spent five seasons overseas before beginning his NBA career at the age of 28.
Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire has averaged 13.6 points in 20 games this season, after returning from a knee injury on New Year's day.
The Knicks brought in guard Ronnie Brewer over the off-season for his prowess as perimeter defender.
Knicks guards Ronnie Brewer, right, and James White, left, converse before their February 6th game against the Wizards at the Verizon Center
A native of Argentina, Knicks rookie point guard Pablo Prigioni spent 17 seasons playing professional basketball overseas before making his first NBA appearance at the age of 35.
The Brooklyn Nets signed Reggie Evans over the off-season for his rebounding and defensive tenacity.
Nets center Brook Lopez will make his first NBA all-star appearance on Sunday night in Houston.
Nets point guard Deron Williams
Nets rookie guard, and Hoboken, NJ native, Tyshawn Taylor
Nets rookie forward Mirza Teletovic signs a jersey for a young admirer
The Nets are hoping that their nucleus of Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez will make them legitimate title contenders for the next few years.
Sophomore Slump? Nets swing man Marshon Brooks is averaging 7 points and 18 minutes less than last season in his second year in the NBA.
Marshon Brooks, right, is greeted by teammate Brook Lopez, left, as he walks off the court after a Nets loss to the Wizards at the Verizon Center
Nets forward Andray Blatche was all smiles, despite his team's loss to his former team, the Wizards, on February 8th at the Verizon Center.