Washington Wizards: ranking the 5 worst starters of the John Wall era

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Jan Vesley continues this list as another starter who didn’t quite live up to expectations

As the sixth pick in the loaded 2011 NBA draft, you’d expect Jan Vesley to at least be a quality starter, right? You’d be mistaken. In the two and a half seasons he spent with the Washington Wizards, he did nothing but disappoint fans.

Vesley made 25 starts for the Wizards and really did not impress. In his time in DC, he averaged 3.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in 15.2 minutes per game. This was over the span of 141 games played.

The now 33-year-old power forward started out his career with an injury, not playing in a game until January of his rookie season. This luck would not change as he would hit his career high in games played in that same year with 57.

His nasty luck with injuries and the fact that the Wizards had an excess of players at that position, including Andray Blatch and Trevor Booker. To make matters worse for Vesley, the main person within the organization who believed in him, head coach Flip Saunders, was fired that offseason.

He would be out of the league after a short stint with the Denver Nuggets who traded for him midway through his third season.