Feb 13, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Jan Vesely (24) before the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards Player Profiles: Jan Vesely

Nov 24, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Jan Vesely (24) dunks the ball against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Mehic:

Where do I begin?

After having a miserable rookie season, the former sixth overall pick would continue to struggle during his sophomore year in the NBA. Jan Vesely has been a disappointment ever since he stepped on the NBA floor, but to my surprise, he regressed even more this season. I honestly didn’t think it could possibly get any worse for Jan Vesely, but it did.

Prior to the start of the season, Jan Vesely supposedly worked with several coaches to improve his jump shot. He shot the ball with confidence in the NBA Summer League, but once the regular season began, Vesely’s confidence disappeared. I won’t even get into “who the Wizards could’ve chosen with the sixth pick instead of Vesely”, because frankly, that’s entirely different discussion. Instead of worrying about what could have been, Washington needs to try to further develop Vesely’s game.

At this point in his career, the game has become all mental on Vesely’s part. The once promising, athletic European big man, has fell into complete obscurity due to his faltering confidence.  When asked about what he needs to improve most upon during the off-season, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, was quick to point out Vesely’s lack of confidence, stating

He needs to work on his head first.

Like Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely needs to start separating himself from Washington’s developing big men, if wants to remain in the rotation. Aside from his inability to shoot the basketball and knock down free throws at an acceptable rate, Vesely does have some useful tools in his arsenal. He’s obviously still very raw offensively, but is elite athleticism can help him have an impact on the floor on any given night. At a lengthy 6’11, Vesely is capable of guarding multiple positions, but most importantly, he’s capable of guarding forwards who have a tendency to stretch the floor. Since more and more teams are starting to play smaller lineups, Vesely’s ability to defend stretch forwards could be very useful. He still has a tendency to be hesitant on both sides of the floor, but that is expected, especially since he’s still learning the NBA game.

All in all, there isn’t too many positive things to take away from Vesely’s season. He’s still offensively incompetent and continues to fail to utilize his athleticism. Sadly, the only thing keeping Vesely in the NBA is his reputation as the sixth overall pick.

Grade: F

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