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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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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."


It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!