Following a right hand injury just a month into the season, the team was forced to sideline starting point guard, AJ Price for 5 weeks, which resulted in the team looking to the D-League for some much needed backcourt depth. A pair of 10-day contracts were given to Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple, and at the end of that period, it was Temple who emerged as the victor, leaving Mack out to dry. Temple proved to be an adequate ball handler who rarely turned the ball over, though his outside shooting handicapped an already abhorrent offense without their two point guards.
Once Price and John Wall returned to the lineup, Temple received more freedom as the defensive stopper off the bench, where he made his mark. He used his size and length to disrupt shooters coming off screens, and became one of the team’s premier one on one defenders, holding opponents to just 33 percent shooting on isolation plays per My Synergy Sports. Injuries to Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza prompted Temple to log heavy minutes in the final month of the season, as he averaged 27 minutes per game in March and April, while starting 22 of the final 26 games.
Temple will most assuredly receive an invite to training camp in the fall, but it remains unclear whether he’ll make the team given their interest in acquiring a scoring guard off the bench. However, he could take the role of a Cartier Martin as the 12th man on the roster, and provide the team with a capable ball handler and defender at either wing positions.