Washington Wizards: Offseason acquisitions could add needed value

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Washington Wizards Ish Smith
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Ish Smith 

Ish Smith came to the Wizards on the first day of free agency on a two-year, $12 million deal. Although the price tag may be a bit high, Smith is the right type of player for the current roster. There are two main factors that he brings to the team that can provide a lot of value both now and in the future: Veteran leadership off the floor and a fast-paced offense on the floor.

Not a lot of people are going to work harder than Smith.  He’s a “pros pro” who seems to get along with everybody he has been around with his easy-going manner.

With such a young locker room, Smith can help provide the essentials needed to work hard and do what you need to do to carve out a role in the league for these young guys.

Aside from his leadership and work ethic off the floor, Ish’s abilities on the floor will be just as helpful. As a 6’0 point guard, Smith has had the same M.O. since he entered the league, he wants to push the pace.

He loves to get out in transition and run the floor where he can rely on his craftiness and pass-first mentality. Being able to get a few quick buckets in transition will help slow the game down for some of the young guys as they continue to learn and develop.