Wiz must solve 'big' problem

For the Wizards to make the playoffs, one of their young big men must finally grow up.

Updated: October 15, 2003, 12:00 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Washington Wizards.

Kwame Brown
Perhaps Kwame Brown can finally stand tall with Michael Jordan not around.
Best Case Scenario
For the Wizards to break their pattern of mediocrity (one playoff appearance since 1988) and finally reach the postseason, the following three things must happen.

1. One of their young bigs must grow up. Not literally, though Kwame Brown is now a legitimate seven feet tall. Whether it's Brown, Jared Jeffries, Brendan Haywood or Etan Thomas, the Wizards need somebody to give them consistent presence at both ends in the middle. The best bet, it says here, is Jeffries, who's coming off an ACL tear that ended a promising rookie season. Washington's brass is toying with the idea of a lineup that would feature Jeffries at the four and Brown at the five.