Marcin Gortat can’t wait for Wizards to adopt small ball

Marcin Gortat couldn't be happier about Washington's decision to downsize.
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Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat is plenty familiar with small ball. He spent a majority of his career with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic, running the floor, diving to the rim and playing beside a power forward who spaces the floor.

And he's thrilled to do more of that this season, on a team that appears committed to adopting small-ball's pace-and-space strategy. Here's what Gortat recently told The Washington Post about it:

Washington's offense was brutal last season. They didn't shoot many threes, resulting in limited driving and passing lanes for John Wall and Bradley Beal to attack. 

But after replacing Paul Pierce and Kevin Seraphin with Jared Dudley and Alan Anderson, it looks like the Wizards are serious about staying small, and that places Gortat in a role he knows and loves. It's good news for Washington. 

“It was just too crowded,” Gortat said…there is perhaps nobody happier with the development than Gortat, the only Wizard who hasn’t even thought about expanding his game beyond the three-point line. “That’s why you need me,” the Poland native said with a smile. “There’s a lot of people in this league that want to shoot jumpers and stand on the three-point line and shoot jumpers and pick and pops. I don’t have problems moving to the basket. I know it’s a tough job.”

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