There are no NBA awards for best overall bench. Even if such a thing existed, the Wizards' second unit wouldn't have made the cut.
Scoring punch lacked. No rim protector or drive-and-kick point guard existed. Other than second-year forward Otto Porter and center Kevin Seraphin, there wasn't much in the way of upside potential.
What Washington had was experience. That's another way of saying one of the oldest rosters in the league. But what this veteran presence lacked in highlight reel moments, it made up for in professionalism. It's not enough to put on the uniform each game. Each night, including those where it's possible the coach never looks your way, sometimes the key is simply being ready when it's your turn.
Depending on what transpires during the offseason, that might element might not be in such abundance next season.
Drew Gooden, Rasual Butler and Will Bynum are free agents, along with Seraphin, who will likely sign elsewhere. Garrett Temple has a player option for next season.
No doubt most are focusing on what starting forward Paul Pierce does with his player option. But as we saw throughout the 2014-15 season, contributions from others up and down the roster helped Washington record its most wins since 1978-79.
"It's your experience. Being in situations, understanding the only way to be prepared to play is to be professional," Butler explained to reporters following the season. "This is our job. Like you guys go home, do your work, your due dilligence to make sure you're prepared. We have to do the same thing as basketball players. You want to be prepared when your team needs you."
Temple admirably filled the starting wing guard void when Bradley Beal missed early games with a wrist injury. Even when the minutes vanished, the lengthy defender could always be counted on to take on the toughest scorers. Temple played so little in Game 6 against Atlanta that the box score didn't credit him with a full minute of playing time and yet he sank two free throws in the waning seconds to keep hope alive.
Gooden, 33, played more minutes on opening night due to Nene's suspension then he did all of January. Yet when Kris Humphries suffered a groin injury in late February, Gooden stepped in without any sign of rust. At times, he was Washington's second best big man and certainly the best one when it came to stretching the floor with his shooting ability.
Butler, 36, barely made the team out of training camp and entered the season deep on the depth chart. Two months later, the swingman became an unlikely source for potent perimeter shooting. Even though his aim wavered as the season progressed, Butler shot 53 percent from deep in April as the Wizards tried finding some momentum before entering the playoffs.
Bynum, 32, arrived in late March after playing in China. He barely played any significant minutes - or at least his minutes were not in significant moments - until the playoff series against the Hawks. With John Wall sidelined, coach Randy Wittman turned to the instant-offense guard in Game 3 and 4. Bynum delivered 19 points in 27 minutes.
Expect Temple to opt-in, but the others are certainly no locks to return. Based on pure talent and potential, the Wizards can do better. They can certainly go younger. More professional, doubtful.