Caron Butler played four-plus seasons for the Wiz before going to Dallas, averaging 19 points per game and making three playoff appearances and two All-Star rosters. He was a good player with a great nickname and even better back story, and Ernie Grunfeld got him for a song named Kwame Brown.
It’s enough to make him one of the five best Wiz/Bullets of my life as a fan, which, dates back to ’85 or so. “Best” is a highly subjective term though, so I’m defining it based on five criteria: quality of play, quality of team, longevity, likability and interest/intrigue. Here’s the list:
1. Gilbert Arenas
2. Chris Webber
3. Antawn Jamison
4. Caron Butler
5. Jeff Malone
Honorable mentions: Juwan Howard, Rod Strickland, Bernard King, Moses Malone and Larry Hughes
That’s my list at least. The sad part? It’s so thin that new Maverick Brendan Haywood almost gets a mention. Sadder still? No. 3 will probably, hopefully be sent packing by Thursday’s trade deadline.
They’ll be missed, but it’s time now. They did good, relatively speaking.
(Stop by the Mothering Hut to pick up a Tuff Juice tee for old time’s sake.)