The roughly 4 1/2 months off between games this season due to the coronavirus is about the same length of a usual NBA offseason. That means players could return improved, perhaps especially the youngest players, as they generally make the biggest leaps over the summer.
The rules of the average offseason, though, may not apply. Not everyone had the resources to train like they normally would. Some didn't even have baskets to shoot on.
The Wizards, however, happen to have a lot of young players. In fact, their roster in Orlando will closely resemble the one they fielded last summer in Las Vegas at the Summer League.
With that in mind, here is one area to watch for each of the Wizards' young players for potential improvement...
Rui Hachimura: Fourth-quarter scoring
One of the main storylines of Hachimura's rookie season so far has been the discrepancy between how he starts and finishes games. Hachimura has a tendency to come out hot, then finish cold. Despite averaging 13.4 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting, he averages only 1.9 points on 32.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter.
With Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans out, Hachimura will have no choice but to play a larger role during crunch time. Maybe that can lead to more success. Surely, it has been a point of emphasis for him during the break.
Troy Brown Jr.: Assertiveness with ball
Beal and Bertans are leaving behind an average of 34.2 field goal attempts combined for the Wizards to essentially redistribute. That means a host of their remaining players will have to take a lot more shots. It could create an opportunity for Brown to take on much more responsibility and, in turn, be a lot more aggressive.
Brown, a 2018 first-round pick, only averages 8.3 shots per game this season. Expect that number to go way up in the final eight games of the season. The hope for the Wizards would be that he can be more assertive and in doing so build more confidence going into next year.
Thomas Bryant: Mobility on defense
Bryant said agility was a big focus of his during quarantine, specifically with the defensive end in mind. He knows he needs to be quicker on his feet to be able to guard his position in today's NBA where guards play above the rim and big men can play the perimeter.
Bryant may never be a big-time rim-protector, but he can become a more serviceable defensive anchor if he works on positioning and anticipation. He needs to limit wasted movements with split-seconds often making the difference between an altered shot and a converted play.
Moe Wagner: Defending without fouling
Wagner has been an effective defender at times this season, but he has a real problem staying out of foul trouble. In fact, he is sixth in the NBA in personal fouls per-36 minutes and averages 3.6 fouls in just 19.1 minutes per game.
Beal and Bertans do not play Wagner's position, but he still figures to get more minutes with them out. And he may play more than he otherwise would if the Wizards go all-in on player development in Orlando. They have more reason to see him than they do Ian Mahinmi at this point, given Wagner is part of their future. Racking up fouls is okay if you are the barely-used back-up big man, but not if you are a mainstay in the rotation.
Jerome Robinson: Efficiency
Robinson has been a nice surprise for the Wizards on defense in particular, but that alone won't guarantee him a long career in the NBA. He needs to shoot better than the 34.7 field goal and 29.8 field goal and three-point percentages he has posted so far this season. Both numbers are down from his rookie year.
It is unclear whether Robinson had a hoop to shoot on during the break. But maybe getting more minutes and shots with Beal out will help him find a rhythm. He won't have to operate in a tight window of playing time and that could set him free in some regards.
Garrison Mathews: Scoring at other levels
It is not easy to carry a 59.8 effective field goal percentage while shooting just 42.9 percent from the field. The way you do that, as Mathews has this season, is by getting most of your points from threes. Mathews shoots a strong 41.3 percent from the perimeter on 2.6 attempts per game.
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But to take the next step as a player, and to potentially make his three-point shot even more effective, Mathews will need to diversify his game a bit. The word will get out that he can shoot from three, if it hasn't already. He will need to be a threat in other areas. Look for Mathews to drive to the rim more often as he aims to add versatility.
Isaac Bonga: Ball-handling
Bonga remains a raw offensive player at just 20 years old, though he does have some solid efficiency numbers in a small sample size. The way for him to take the next step offensively would be to have a tighter handle, which would allow him to use his length more around the rim.
Bonga's best moments offensively this season have come on the fastbreak. He is a solid finisher with touch around the rim. But those opportunities don't come often, as they usually need to be set up by a pass. A better handle would give Bonga the chance to create his own offense.
Admiral Schofield: Consistency
With Bertans out of the picture, the Wizards expect Schofield, a rookie second-round pick, to get more playing time. He has spent the majority of this season in the G-League with the Capital City Go-Go. Schofield has only played in 27 NBA games this season so far, averaging 10.9 minutes in those appearances.
In order to command a larger role, he will need to show consistency, which is often difficult for young players. The Wizards drafted him for his defense and his three-point shooting, so those are two areas to watch. Defensively, he needs to prove he can guard taller players as an undersized forward. And it would help if he can make more than 29.8 percent of his threes after hitting on 41.8 percent (4.8 3PA/g) his final year in school.
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