Washington Wizards: 3 Reasons Why the Wizards Should Sign Carmelo Anthony

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2. Inconsistent Bench Production

The new additions of Jeff Green and Austin Rivers haven’t meshed well with the Wizards offense thus far. Coming into the 2019-2019 season, one of the biggest questions was their bench play.

Last year a lot of skepticism was around to many logged minutes for the starters and a lack of bench production, especially in the post season. This is something the Wizards wanted to address, since they never seem to make a big splash in free agency.

Rivers came from a team in which he dominated the ball. When Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers, it was Rivers team to run. During his time here, Rivers was averaging 15.1 points per game.

Thus, coming to a team in which he would come off the bench and not be the primary ball handler was going to be challenging. Wizards fans assumed that he would pick up right where he left off last year, but this was never going to be the case. Rivers needs time with the system, and to learn to play off the ball once again.

Green has been one of the journeyman of the NBA, being on 7 different teams now. He has a career average of 13.2 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds per game. Most of that success has come from being a great role player and providing a team with quality bench production.

Last year LeBron James needed someone to step up in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Green was that man producing 19 points and 6 rebounds. Washington was hoping to get some of that production. Fair, to say Green has been our best bench player thus far, but he still has been inconsistent.

Anthony is known to score. He has already been open to accepting a bench role with his previous team, the Houston Rockets.

Why not add instant offense of the bench?

He doesn’t need to particularly mesh well in an offense because he can catch and shoot and create for himself when need be. Wall and Anthony would be able to reignite the pick and pop game needed in D.C.