I was looking at the Wiz's (that's what Wesley Matthews' friends call him) stat lines and I began fantasizing about the difference it'll make when he's banging down 4 or 5 boards a game, not occasionally but every game. I suspect he'll be drilling on that during the summer. That's about all. Recognizing we're around at the midpoint and that's typically a time for evaluation, what kind of things would you like the individual players (and coaches) to improve before next season begins.
Will Lamarcus just generally do what's working? I like that he's more versatile now with the inside-outside. I haven't noticed any drastic changes this season, though it's obvious he did a lot of footwork. How about this summer if he adds a hook? How monster would that be?
What about Batum and Rudy? I expect they both have contract negotiations soon enough so they have to want to impress, and in limited exposure with a likely shorter season. I'd just like Rudy to hit the weights and keep that winning attitude. Batum has to deal with everybody's high expectations. Just getting a year older I think he'll naturally gain in confidence. I'd like to see him get fired up during the game more.
Nate... Nate, Nate, Nate, Nate, Nate. I've been thinking maybe he's changed more than it sometimes seems. I think Nate has a very firm idea of how the game should be played and he's studying constantly to learn ways to implement it. It's hard not to be impatient, but I think Nate's going about his own maturation process in exactly the right way.