Over the past month or so, James and Nithin been posting articles projecting and analyzing what we Need to See from every individual player on the Washington Wizards roster this season. Here’s the complete index of that series, including snippets from several pieces:
Surely there are places the team can improve, but the place it needs to improve most is at point guard. The Wizards are built such that John Wall is the focal point and the fulcrum on which the rest of the Wizards sit. This is his year, maybe not to lead a dominant team, but to be a dominant force.
Beal himself had a very rocky start that saw him burden way too much responsibility on an active roster saddled with mediocrity. His efficiency spiked way up, however, when the calendar turned to 2013 (and maybe not coincidentally once his backcourt mate Wall showed up) and flashed the potential to become a star in the NBA.
Nene’s offensive numbers are helped by his great passing vision and movement on the court. This is evidenced by the Wizards scoring 104 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, nearly 4 points better than their league-worst mark. However, when he was counted on to score, the results were less than pretty last year.
Although the team did listen to offers for the pick as well as work out a number of players, Ernie Grunfeld went ahead and drafted Porter to complete a mini-big 3 with John Wall and Bradley Beal. However, Porter has not gotten a chance to showcase what he can do, as he suffered injuries both in a short summer league stint as well as during training camp (the latter of which caused him to miss the entire preseason).
Ariza hit from deep at a career high rate of 36.4% last year, while attempting the second most threes per minute played of his career. 36% isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s respectable enough to unnerve defenders and it produces league average efficiency. The problem is that there has never been another season in Ariza’s career in which one could consider him a good three-point shooter.
Webster is a floor spacer and Wizards fans and decision-makers love him for that. 2013 was a great campaign, and similar production in 2014 should be considered a success. In 2013, a plethora of Martell questions were answered. Here’s to hoping new ones don’t arise.
Harrington has actually been a fairly accurate shooter from deep throughout most of his career, hovering in the mid 30’s percentage-wise for most of his career. John Wall has been very vocal about the dire need for a stretch 4 and Big Al might be able to provide some of that range, at least for his short spurts on the court.
The “other” guys: