Now that the NBA season is over for the Washington Wizards, it’s time to evaluate every individual player on the roster and assess their season. Though Washington’s roster could look very similar next year, since most teams like to keep continuity after a successful run, it’s virtually impossible to bring back every player the following season.
We’ll start our player grades with the bench, eventually working our way up to the starters, coaching staff and management.
First up, Garrett Temple.
Basic Stats: 1.8 PPG, .9 RPG, 1.0 APG, .36 FG%
After getting signed from the NBA D-League during the 2012-2013 season by the Washington Wizards, Garrett Temple surprisingly made the most of his opportunity as he fit perfectly into Randy Wittman‘s system. Temple’s length and ability to disrupt ball handlers earned him a guaranteed spot on the roster this season and he was certainly needed at certain points in the year. Eric Maynor, who the Wizards brought as a free agent to take over the primary backup point guard spot, was absolutely atrocious and it didn’t take long for Wittman to turn to Temple to run the second unit.(Garrett Temple’s shotchart from this season–via NBA.COM)
Temple, a 6’6″ combo guard, isn’t best suited to play point guard, but he made it work when the Wizards needed him the most, especially when it looked like Maynor would run the bench into the ground. Temple was able to get the team into sets offensively, and though he isn’t much of a scorer, his on-ball pressure and hustle was definitely noticed.
Next Season and Improvement:
Like the rest of Washington’s backup guards, Garrett Temple will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Unlike last season, nothing he really did this year stood out, especially once Andre Miller was traded to Washington.
I credit Ernie Grunfeld for taking a chance on Temple and giving him a guaranteed deal the following season, but if I had to guess, I don’t think he’ll be back in a Wizards uniform next year. Though Temple is capable of “running” a second unit and his hustle on the defensive end doesn’t go unnoticed, his inability to really shoot or score the ball isn’t ideal for a backup point guard.
At 28 years old, Garrett Temple is pretty much who he is and won’t improvement much, if at all, for the rest of his career. That’s not necessarily a bad thing since he’ll likely find himself on an NBA roster. Temple is a high character basketball player and locker room leader, but I think the Wizards will look in a different direction this summer.
Final Grade: C-