If there was one player who thrived when the Wizards made acoachingchange last season it was Kevin Seraphin. The burly 6'-8 forwardcenter rarely gotoffthe bench under Flip Saunders. But when Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start, new coach Randy Wittman gave Seraphin a shot and heresponded. Seraphinaveraged 14 points and 7 rebounds in 21 starts to close out the year.
Seraphin was very limited offensively in his rookie season but, seemingly out of nowhere in his second year, Seraphin showed off a variety of low-post moves that had defenders befuddled.
Seraphin averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds in the final month of the season, including a career-high 24 points and 13 boards in a win over Orlando. Seraphin followed that up with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in a win at Chicago in mid-April.Seraphin closed out the season with 16 straight games in which he scored in double figures.
Seraphin was probably the most improved player in the NBA in the second half of last season and he could do even more this summer to continue his growth and become a permanent starter next season.
Coach Randy Wittman certainly would like to see Seraphinkeepimproving on his post-moves and his touch down low.
Seraphin can improve his foot speed and overall conditioning. He seems to be carrying a few extra pounds and he would be even more effective in all areas of his game if he is able to shed some weight this off-season.
WithNenehealthy,Seraphinwould battle Trevor Booker for the starting power forward position in training camp.
Seraphinalso has a chance to make the French national team for theOlympicsthis summer which obviously would be a tremendous honor and opportunity for the young player.