For the Wizards to go beyond the second round of the playoffs, where they've lost in six games in the last two seasons, will require key contributors to do a little bit more.
While it's unlikely that everyone in the rotation will magically become a lot better in a major area of weakness, this would be the best-case scenario for the Wizards. We'll go player by player, in no particular order:
The skinny: The combo guard is valuable because of his ability to defend the wing with his 6-6 frame and his attitude is a perfect fit for coach Randy Wittman. Temple averaged just 3.9 points last season, but he was key to the Wizards getting off to a 7-2 start when Bradley Beal missed because of a broken wrist. He may go for long stretches without seeing the court but is perfect for end-of-game situations because of his defensive acumen and ability to frustrate scorers like Kyrie Irving. A hamstring strain ruined Temple's postseason.
The fix: Three-point range. Temple can be a threat from deep, and teams are willing to give him clean looks from the arc. He shot 37.5% after registering just 20.7% accuracy in 2013-14. His form is solid and he began last season on fire from deep. Sustaining it for an entire season, which was his problem, will make him an even better option as a 3 and D.
Prospects: The wing is much deeper with the acquisition of Kelly Oubre in the June draft and the additions Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson and Gary Neal. Neal figures to be the first shooting guard off the bench and Dudley will play more of the small/power forward spots. Wittman tends to favor experience over youth so Temple should have a chance to get time ahead of Oubre early. Still, Temple can defend speedy point guards so that gives him uniqueness among this group. He's also the second option behind John Wall to help run the offense. Ramon Sessions is the No. 1 backup.