The 2012 Las Vegas Summer League is in the books. Time to reflect on what wewitnessed during those five games from your Washington Wizards. After reviewingJanVesely, up next, Shelvin Mack.(Literally as I submitted this post, the Wizards went ahead and signed former Indiana Pacers point guard A.J. Price, confirming the belief held by me and others that the team could not enter next season with a status quo point guard depth chart. Guess Wizards agreed. Some reasons why exist below...)2012 Summer League stats: 11 points, 2.4 assists, 40.4 FGpercent, 29.4 3ptFG percent, 3.4 turnovers.The good: Reached double figure points in four straightgames, including 14 against the D-League Select squad. Confidence rose in allaspects when shots fell and Mack worked effectively on the wings assumingothers created a given play's initial momentum. The tireless worker on defense rarely appeared flustered and his attitude is of ateam-first nature. Assist totals not helped by poor 3-point shooting throughoutthe roster.On the other hand...: Essentially what the Summer Leagie was about for Mack is summed up in this Sam Cassell quote following the Wizards second loss of the session: "We're looking for somebody who can run a ball club. You know, we got John Wall, but after John Wall, we gotta figure it out, and that's what we're trying to do."Five games should not be the end allbe all of evaluations, but Las Vegas represented Mack's opportunity to show thecoaches and management that even if his transition to point guard remained awork in progress, it was working. Not sure anyone can claim that happened. TheWizards offense frequently stagnated or turned into one-on-one ball with therising second-year guard running the attack. Mack lacks the authoritativepresence as a dribbler, passer or scorer when it comes to initiating theattack. Even when he made it past his initial defender and found the lane, issuesarose trying to get all the way to the rim or sending a pass to the right spot.The quotable Sam Cassell, on Mack: I dont think Shelvinfrom last year never really had a long stint at the point guard position. Thisyear hes going to have to do that in order to be good on this team."Forecast...: There are two issues for Mack; the minutes Washington has available are as a backup point guard and this team has made it clear a postseason push is the goal. When paired with an aggressive backcourt mate,either a true playmaker like John Wall or an assertive scorer like JordanCrawford, Mack will prove more effective as an off-the-ball performer. RookieBradley Beal showed he can take over as a floor leader, but that is not hislong-term path and one the Wizards do not need him spending tons of ton as the19-year-old adjusts to the NBA game. Realistically at times in Vegas, with the poised Beal, pass-firstCzech prospect Tomas Satoransky and veteran distributor Earl Calloway alltaking turns, Mack was the fourth best offensive point guard on the roster. TheWizards are taking their time with free agency, waiting for the market tosettle, but it would be stunning if they did not add a veteran ball handlingoption. If the postseason talk is sincere, they cannot enter the season withessentially one stable point guard and Wall is learning the craft in his ownway.Any 2012-13 roster projection should include the former Butler star with thelevelheaded demeanor, squatty frame and quality shot from distance. In theright scenario, Mack could work as a fourth guard, but based on Vegas, hard torealistically project his name among the first wave of reserves.Update: While Price provides the team a more natural point guard option, the former Connectictut star's presence should not automatically send Mack to the end of the bench - though it likely will.
To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...
Player: Tim Frazier
Position: Point guard
2017-18 salary: $2 million
2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg
Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG
Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.
Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.
Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.
The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.
All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.
Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.
Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.
Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.
Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.
They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.
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