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

Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /
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Garrett Temple, Washington Wizards
Garrett Temple of the Washington Wizards. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/Getty Images) /

After a year in Italy, the Washington Wizards gave Garrett Temple a chance

While Garrett Temple is and was an incredibly valuable defensive wing off the bench, he couldn’t really step up if he was needed to be more than that. Unfortunately, that’s what he was called to do for the Washington Wizards.

he played four seasons with the Wizards and during that time, he made 97 starts. While he wasn’t a consistent starter like McGee, his output was lower.

In those four seasons, Temple averaged 4.6 points, 1.5 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game in 17.4 minutes per game. He is a defensive specialist, but this was still a nasty output on the offensive end.

His efficiency was also horrible, there was no area on the floor where he was an effective scorer. Again, fine for a defensive specialist off the bench, not great for a player getting starts.

Even worse, he was there when the Wizards were looking to contend. He started over half of the season in 2015-’16 and his did improve, but much of it was due to the over 10 minutes per game increase. His efficiency dipped this year in exchange for the slight increase in points per game.