Wizards Sign Point Guard Jannero PargoPosted on January 14, 2013 by FantasticWiz
Jacob Raim - WashingtonWizards.com Since the Wizards drafted him 2 years ago, a constant in DC has been John Wall manning the point guard spot. For the first month of this year that won't be the case. Out of an abundance of caution, Wall will be sitting because of a stress injury to his left patella. Because of his absence the Wizards needed to add more depth at PG. Enter Jannero Pargo. Pargo, 32 years old and an 8 year vet, was signed by the Wizards this morning with Ernie Grunfeld saying "Jannero brings us veteran leadership and added depth to our backcourt. He is a hard-nosed competitor and proven outside shooter that will fit well with the mix of veterans and young players on our roster." Pargo will be competing with AJ Price and Shelvin Mack for minutes at the PG spot and should see plenty of minutes in the early going. Reportedly, Pargo had a few offers on the table and was looking to go somewhere that would give him a chance at getting some minutes and he has found that potential opportunity in Washington. Pargo's career numbers don't necessarily jump out at you with 6.5 points and 2.0 assists per game, but he is well regarded as a game manager, a defender and as a good guy in the locker room. Certainly, Pargo will also be playing to try to establish that he can handle starter's minutes (which he has never really gotten before) if he gets that opportunity. Despite only having started 18 games in his career, that is 15 more than Mack and Price combined have started. Pargo has proven that when given minutes he can score as he averaged over 13 a game during a short stint with the Bulls in 03-04 and averaged over 9 a game during a full season with New Orleans in 06-07, plus averaging over 10 points a night during New Orleans' playoff run in 07-08 Pargo certainly comes in with a wealth of experience from all over the world going from community college to Arkansas to the NBA to Europe and back to the NBA. Pargo started at Neosho County Community College, before transferring to Arkansas for his final two years of college. At Arkansas, Pargo had a lot of success, averaging 14.4 points a game and 42.5% shooting from 3. Despite that, Pargo went undrafted but was picked up by the Lakers where he started his NBA career. From 02-03 to 07-08, Pargo played on 5 teams before electing to head overseas and play the 08-09 season for Dynamo Moscow. For the 09-10 season Pargo came back to the NBA for his second stint with Chicago, before heading back to Europe to play in Greece for Olympiacos Piraeus. After playing in Greece, Pargo returned to the NBA last season to play for Atlanta. The NBA is a family affair for Jannero as his brother Jeremy is with the Cleveland Cavs.
Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com Who will be in the rotation this year? Sometimes you enter a season and know which 7 or 8 guys are going to play a majority of the minutes for a team, but with this Wizards team it’s hard to say that as we enter camp. One of the things I like most about Head