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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 26

2016-17 stats: 65 G, 23.5 mpg, 7.1 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.3 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 76.0 FT%, 45.3 eFG%, 106 ORtg, 110 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: As the 2017 NBA Draft approached, many thought the Wizards would address their void at backup point guard using their second round pick. Instead, they brokered a trade the night before, sending that pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Frazier, a 26-year-old floor general who this past season got his first opportunity to play extended minutes in the NBA. 

Frazier was Jrue Holiday's backup in New Orleans and ended up starting 35 games in 2016-17, as Holiday stepped away from the game to deal with family matters. Frazier was able to averaged 5.2 assists and impress the WIzards enough to bring him to Washington.


Backup point guard has been a revolving door for the Wizards since they drafted John Wall in 2010. This past season they found mixed results with Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky and later Brandon Jennings when the signed him as a free agent in March. Though they are still confident in Satoransky's future, the Wizards saw Frazier as a sure bet in the short-term and that's important for a team with hopes of a deep playoff run.

Frazier will have to mesh with a revamped second unit, particularly with Jodie Meeks, his backcourt mate. The combination of Frazier's passing and Meeks' scoring ability is what the Wizards are counting on for offense from their bench. Frazier will also need to develop pick-and-roll chemistry with backup big men Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. Most importantly, he just needs to play competently enough to give Wall a rest when he needs it. Though it sounds simple, it hasn't been the easiest thing for some of his predecessors to do.

Potential to improve: Scoring efficiency, defense, three-pointer


Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?



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Wizards' Bryant, McRae hope to make most of second chance in G-League

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Wizards' Bryant, McRae hope to make most of second chance in G-League

The NBA's G-League for many represents a second chance and that is the case for two Wizards players entering the 2018-19 season, the first for the Capital City Go-Go.

Center Thomas Bryant is on the Wizards' roster, but will likely spend much of his time with the Go-Go. Guard Jordan McRae is on a two-way contract and will also be there plenty. The two were in Congress Heights on Saturday representing the Wizards' G-League affiliate as their new arena was introduced to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Bryant, 21, joined the Wizards organization back in July on the second day of free agency. He had been cut by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Wizards claimed him, adding another young prospect to their roster.

"If you get waived by a team, you don't feel too good about it. But when the Wizards picked me up right after, I felt great about it," Bryant said.

The 6-foot-10 big man was a second round pick last summer. He played in 15 games with the Lakers at the NBA level and 37 games with their G-League affiliate.

Bryant was one of the standouts for the Wizards' Summer League team in Las Vegas. In the time since, he has been working out with Rico Hines in L.A.

Bryant said he hopes his improving outside shot and physical conditioning can help him succeed with the Wizards this season.

McRae, 27, is just eight months removed from having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He also spent all of last season away from the NBA, either playing overseas or working his way back from injury.

He sees the Wizards as an opportunity to revive his career.

"After taking a year off, the Wizards are believing in me and trusting me to be the player that I was or be better. I'm just looking forward to it and I'm honored to be here," he said.

McRae has been training in Atlanta at P3 Peak Performance Project. They oversaw his rehab from surgery and have helped him get ready for this season.

Like Bryant, McRae has been in Washington getting to know his knew teammates in recent days. McRae, though, has a history with some of them having played against Bradley Beal going back to college and having played with Markieff Morris with the Suns. He has also worked out with Otto Porter, Jr. during the offseason.

McRae sees the Wizards as a decent chance to earn playing time, or at least better than his previous stop. He played the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Cavaliers and won a championship ring in 2016.

McRae earned some hardware and got to see LeBron James, Kyrie Iriving and Kevin Love make history, but he was in a reduced role.

"I'm just looking forward to a consistent opportunity. Being in Cleveland for two years was tough. Now I feel like here will be more of an opportunity and I want to make the best of it," he said.


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Former Wizards PG Tim Frazier joins Bucks training camp roster

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Former Wizards PG Tim Frazier joins Bucks training camp roster

Former Wizards point guard Tim Frazier has joined the Milwaukee Bucks' 20-man roster for training camp.

Frazier, who spent last season in Washington, might actually have a shot at making the full 15-man roster behind Milwaukee's two true point guards, Eric Bledsoe and Matthew Dellavedova.

With Washington, he appeared in 59 games - 11 starts - and averaged 3.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game. 

Frazier played at Penn State, and over the course of his NBA career, has averaged of 5.2 points, 4.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 186 career games, per a team relase.

At 6-foot-1, Frazier is joining his fifth team in five seasons.

The Bucks will hold their first day of training camp Tuesday, and their first preseason game is scheduled for Oct. 3 against the Chicago Bulls.

The Wizards host the Bucks on February 2, and then travel to Milwaukee four days later.