NBA Preseason 2013: Three Takeaways from the Washington Wizards Preseason So Far

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Oct 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) defends in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2) Trevor Ariza is NOT a starting small forward

Having depth on the roster couldn’t hurt, especially if a team is trying to make the post season for the first time in half a decade. Well, the Wizards have depth at the small forward position, but head coach Randy Wittman and Co. have continuously started Trevor Ariza even though he’s hindered the team on both sides of the floor.

Ariza may think he’s a starting caliber forward, and he might be if he played for a different team, but for a team that desperately needs offense, I can’t see how starting him helps at all. Unlike Martell Webster who’s constantly looked great along side John Wall and Bradley Beal, Ariza’s inconsistency offensively has put the Wizards in a hole these past two preseason games. He’s made just three of his eleven field goal attempts thus far, and he just hasn’t meshed well with the rest of the team.

On the other hand, Martell Webster has looked great and at times had become one of the only sources of offense for the Wizards. He scored 15 points against the Bulls last night, on 4 of 8 made field goals. He’s undoubtedly one of the best three point shooting wings in the NBA, and deserves to a spot along with the rest of the starters.

I’m not sure Ariza will start on opening night since the lineups are concrete, but from what I’ve seen so far, he doesn’t deserve that title.

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