As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Tim Frazier's season...
Player: Tim Frazier
Position: Point guard
2016-17 stats: 65 G, 23.5 mpg, 7.1 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.3 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 76.0 FT%, 45.3 eFG%, 106 ORtg, 110 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: As the 2017 NBA Draft approached, many thought the Wizards would address their void at backup point guard using their second round pick. Instead, they brokered a trade the night before, sending that pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Frazier, a 26-year-old floor general who this past season got his first opportunity to play extended minutes in the NBA.
Frazier was Jrue Holiday's backup in New Orleans and ended up starting 35 games in 2016-17, as Holiday stepped away from the game to deal with family matters. Frazier was able to averaged 5.2 assists and impress the WIzards enough to bring him to Washington.
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Backup point guard has been a revolving door for the Wizards since they drafted John Wall in 2010. This past season they found mixed results with Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky and later Brandon Jennings when the signed him as a free agent in March. Though they are still confident in Satoransky's future, the Wizards saw Frazier as a sure bet in the short-term and that's important for a team with hopes of a deep playoff run.
Frazier will have to mesh with a revamped second unit, particularly with Jodie Meeks, his backcourt mate. The combination of Frazier's passing and Meeks' scoring ability is what the Wizards are counting on for offense from their bench. Frazier will also need to develop pick-and-roll chemistry with backup big men Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. Most importantly, he just needs to play competently enough to give Wall a rest when he needs it. Though it sounds simple, it hasn't been the easiest thing for some of his predecessors to do.
Potential to improve: Scoring efficiency, defense, three-pointer
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