After having trouble keeping Nene and Kevin Seraphin healthy the previous season, the Wizards made sure they wouldn't run short on bigs when they added DeJuan Blair in a deal with the Dallas Mavericks last summer. Blair came inexpensive and figured to be a chip for coach Randy Wittman to use for more physical play in the low post. The results weren't exactly what anyone expected with Blair appearing in a career low 29 games (his previous was 61) and failing to make a start for the first time in his six-year career. He also didn't appear in any of the Wizards' 10 playoff games and was deactivated for most of them. With Dallas, he was a key factor in them pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the 2013-14 postseason.
The stats: 1.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 45.6% shooting.
The improvements: There was none given his lack of burn. Blair appeared to regress as he failed to get minutes outside of garbage time during blowouts or the end of games when the outcome was decided. This was a lost season.
The next step: For starters, Blair's conditioning wasn't where it needed to be to get on the court and play the up-tempo style that Wittman wanted. Blair spent a lot of time trying to shape up and he was so far back in the rotation that it didn't matter. Everything that Blair could do, there was another big on the roster who could do it better. If he just comes in better shape that will give him a leg up.
2014-15 grade: F.
2015-16 outlook: Blair is under contract, but how much he factors into the Wizards' future is cloudy. Seraphin likely is on his way out of Washington and Drew Gooden, who also is an unrestricted free agent, could be, too. Coupled with the Wizards leaning towards more perimeter-oriented bigs, that could either eliminate Blair all together because that's not his game or create room for him to get on the floor. Or he could be a trade chip.