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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

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

Age: 26

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.


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


Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?



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Kelly Oubre, Jr. may take on larger role due to injuries, and rebounding could be key

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Kelly Oubre, Jr. may take on larger role due to injuries, and rebounding could be key

The Wizards have two players sidelined at the moment and both happen to play the same position. Markieff Morris was already out following the sports hernia surgery he had in September, then Jason Smith sprained his right shoulder defending a dunk attempt by Joel Embiid in the regular season opener on Wednesday night.

This has put head coach Scott Brooks in a tough predicament. He's trying to acclimate new players into his rotation, but now has no choice but to get creative. Smith is considered questionable for Friday night and is likely going to be limited, regardless when he returns.

If Smith misses time or is not 100 percent, the onus will fall mostly on third-year forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. with Mike Scott behind him. Oubre is not a power forward, but is versatile enough to co-exist with Otto Porter alongside John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat. The Wizards utilized that lineup last season at times and relied on it heavily once Smith departed Wednesday night's game. Porter could be looked as the four in that group, but he and Oubre are essentially interchangable on defense.

Oubre, 21, came through with 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals against the Sixers. He knocked down three three-pointers and shot 5-of-10 from the field overall.

"I'm ready. I've worked for this moment. The season is here, so it's time to put the work to the test," Oubre said. "I feel very confident. I feel very relaxed. This is Year 3, so I'm excited for all the opportunities that may come."


Those eight rebounds stand out, in particular. Oubre averaged 3.3 rebounds last season, his second year in the NBA, in 20.3 minutes. Oubre had 14 in one of their preseason games and has clearly put extra focus on that part of his game.

One reporter (me) asked Oubre about his 'seven' rebounds in the opener and Oubre issued a quick correction, showing exactly how much attention he's paying to the stat.

"I had eight in the opener, but yeah," he said. "It's a big emphasis because that's what we need. We need guys to go in there and rebound, push the break and keep up the pace. That's the style of play that we're looking for, to play fast and play tough. Crashing the boards is something that I need to do to help the team."

Brooks sees a lot of potential in Oubre's ability on the glass. 

"I look at rebounding as a stat that Kelly can really be consistent with. He has the size, the strength, the length and the athleticism and the toughness to get in there and get some rebounds. I think you should be able to see [eight] every night. It's one of the things we talked about to improve defensively. We have to be a better defensive team," Brooks said.

The Wizards miss a lot more than rebounding if Morris and Smith aren't in the picture, of course. But Oubre's development in that area could be important in the Wizards' effort to compensate for two key injuries at the same position.


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John Wall's new motto Wolf Season has reached a new level

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John Wall's new motto Wolf Season has reached a new level

It started as an offseason hashtag. After Wednesday night's win over the Sixers, it was legitimized with a postgame quote.

John Wall wants everyone to know that it's Wolf Season and, according to another favorite hashtag of his, nobody is safe.

Wall brought it up himself on Wednesday when asked about dunking all over the Sixers. When asked what Wolf Season means, he replied: "Just keep watching."

Wall used the hashtag #wolfseason all summer long in photos on Instagram. He also used the phrase #wolfwall:

It's reminiscent of the Wolf of Wall St. He also referenced "Michael Jackson Thrilla Mode" on Instragram and the music video for 'Thriller' very famously had Jackson turn into a wolf:

Michael Jackson Thrilla Mode spilling sauce everywhere I go !! #WallWay #5Deep #BYB #WolfWall

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Whatever Wall means by it, the rest of the NBA might want to take notice.