It didn't take long for Randy Wittman to shake things up. In just his second game taking over for Flip Saunders, Wittman is starting rookie Jan Vesely. It is Vesely's first career start in the NBA, and will come against a Houston Rockets front line of Samuel Dalembert and Luis Scola.
Startling lineup: G-Wall, G-Young, F-Lewis, F-Vesely, C-McGee * 1st career start for Vesely #WizRockets
Vesely has played in the Wizards last 11 games, and is averaging just under 13 minutes per game. The starting nod is a nice promotion for the No. 6 overall pick in last summer's draft. Apparently, Wittman is using him for defensive reasons, according to the Post's Michael Lee:
Randy Wittman raved about Jan Vesely before the game, praising his defense vs Luis Scola. Didn't know it meant he would start #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 28, 2012
His best game of the season so far came earlier in January against this same Rockets team, scoring seven points and grabbing six boards.
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