When focused, Kevin Seraphin can be a force but it's difficult to determine if his issues are between his ears or how he has been used in five seasons by the Wizards. He didn't play much in the postseason because of the tighter rotations but it was his outburst in Game 6 vs. the Atlanta Hawks, with Marcin Gortat rendered useless because of food poisoning, that gave a final glimpse of what kind of player Seraphin can be. There aren't too many big men with his array of moves around the basket in such a powerful body.
The stats: 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 51.3% shooting.
The improvements: Seraphin’s production was up after a dismal 2013-14 and tied a career high with 79 appearances. When he erred, coach Randy Wittman still stuck with him. Seraphin was in better shape (and missed fewer games), more disciplined with his position defense, avoided cheap fouls and made better reads with the ball. He wasn’t relied on as much during the postseason and didn’t have as much of an impact as he fell behind Drew Gooden in the rotation because of their small-ball opponents in the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks.
The next step: Seraphin has to show he can play well for prolonged minutes. No one knows exactly how that will turn out given how sketchy his playing time has been in Washington. He has made his share of mental errors, including in the playoffs when he was inserted during a game, had a play run for him and shot an airball and compounded it with a turnover on the next possession. But Seraphin can score in various ways with his jump hooks, mid-range jump shots and counter moves in the low post.
2014-15 grade: B.
2015-16 outlook: Seraphin will more than likely be out of D.C. He is an unrestricted free agent and wants an opportunity to play more and compete for the starting job. He won’t get that here, where Marcin Gortat is locked in as the starter, unless there’s a drastic roster overhaul. In the open market, he'll command more than the $3.9 million he made in his final season here. The Minnesota Timberwolves tried to poach him from the Wizards at the trade deadline.