Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Juan Dixon returns to Washington

Juan Dixon has returned to the Washington Wizards, according to the Associated Press. No word on how long the contract is or what his salary will be, but it is confirmed he's returning.

Ever since leading Maryland to the 2002 NCAA Championship, he has been everywhere. He was drafted by Washington 17th overall in 2002 and served out his three-year contract. He then signed with Portland for two years, where the Trail Blazers tried to remake the Maryland guard combo of Dixon and Steve Blake. Dixon had his best year in 2005-06, averaging 12.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. In 2006-07, he was traded to Toronto, who would trade him to Detroit the next year.

He's never been the star Maryland fans hoped he would become. He was never able to transition his solid three-point shooting from college to the NBA. Though he had a decent year in 05-06 with Portland, he's never had that breakout year that many have waited for. But he has been a decent player off the bench for most teams.

He'll be 30 years old once the season gets underway in Washington. I'm not sure how much time he'll get. He definitely won't start over DeShawn Stevenson at shooting guard, and Dixon probably won't be made a point guard since he's never been one. He won't even be the backup shooting guard; Nick Young is a rising guard for the Wizards, and has a solid shot. So Dixon overall probably won't see a ton of time. But it is good to see him back around the area, and I hope that he gets some sort of stride with Washington.

(Photo credit: Loyola athletics)

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