Even though most of the starting positions are already locked up, the Washington Wizards had a bit of an uncertainty at the small forward position, and from the looks of it, Trevor Ariza is beating Martell Webster for the starting spot.
— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) September 30, 2013
Trevor Ariza lost his starting spot to Martell Webster last season after Webster produced career high shooting percentages, so I’m definitely interested at the potential move by the coaching staff. On paper, Ariza is a much better perimeter defender than Webster, so the coaching staff could be trying to improve in that area with Okafor out indefinitely. Although Webster is a more consistent shooter, and probably better suited for offensive productivity, Trevor Ariza shot the ball extremely well once John Wall returned from injury.
Of course, Ariza is entering the final year of his contract with the Wizards, and this could become a move to help increase his trade value. With Martell Webster and Otto Porter both capable of starting, the Wizards have a logjam at small forward and I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to move Ariza for a backup center.
As head coach Randy Wittman has told the media, training camp is a place where players earn the roles they ultimately receive. In this case, Trevor Ariza may have looked better than Webster in camp. Regardless, Webster doesn’t have the personality to pout about the position, so I can’t complain about the move.