There’s a hole in the middle: 4 center solutions for the Washington Wizards

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Washington Wizards Anzejs Pasecniks (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Anzejs Pasecniks

If the Wizards aren’t going to dip into free agency to get their center band-aid, then maybe they should look a little closer to home.

The Wizards are no stranger to using their G-League squad to help find and develop talent. Last season, Troy Brown Jr, Jordan McRae, and Thomas Bryant were using the Capital City Go-Go games as a training ground for the NBA. Now, Admiral Schofield and Justin Robinson are going back and forth between the Go-Go and Wizards.

With all these center injuries, the Wizards might want to think about bringing another G-Leaguer to the big stage. Anzejs Pasecniks is a 7’2″ Latvian big man that has seen some action in a Wizards uniform but only in the preseason. In eight games with the Go-Go this season, he’s averaging 9.5 points, five assists, one assist, and one block in 18.5 minutes per game.

This move makes sense for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a warm body they can put in the frontcourt. On a very basic level, that’s an improvement on what they have now. Also, situations like these are the exact reason you have a G-League affiliate. The Wizards are getting unlucky with injuries all at once, and it’s mostly hurting the center position. They don’t need a season-long solution that’ll save their playoff chances. They just need a short term band-aid that’ll stop the bleeding. Pasecniks can be that.

The Wizards have already had success with one Latvian this year, why not give Pasecniks some run in these dire times?