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Wizards preseason half recap, statistically speaking


Wizards preseason half recap, statistically speaking

Seeing as the Wizards are halfway through their preseason slate, thought it would be a good time to check out how the team looks, statistically speaking. Today, the backcourt...

Bradley Beal: 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 43.5 FG pct, 35.7 3ptFG pct, 83.3 FT pct, 0.75 tpg, 27.5 mpg

- The rookie leads Washington in scoring and is tied with Trevor Ariza for the team lead in steals (1.25). Preseason or not, less than one turnover per game for a 19-year-old newbie (or any active scorer) is rather impressive. Beal's 3-point clip is up from the 33.9 percent he shot at Florida despite having to launch from a greater distance. The 6-foot-4 guard is also showing the same willingness to grab rebounds as he did with the Gators and has more offensive rebounds (five) than the taller Ariza or Martell Webster. Though you wonder if the Wizards would want to throw the first rounder into the starting lineup fire right away - especially without John Wall in the lineup - Beal continues to impress in every situation, including Monday's matchup against perennial All-Star Joe Johnson.

Jordan Crawford: 12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 37.3 FG pct, 25.0 3ptFG pct, 88.9 FT pct, 2.75 tpg, 24.0 mpg

- Playing around three minutes less per game so far compared to last year, Crawford's scoring is down slightly from the 14.7 he averaged last season, but his assists are up a touch - as are his turnovers. Never a strong percentage shooter, Crawford's accuracy from the field is also down - including from beyond the arc where he made only 28.9 percent of his tries last year. Playing as part of the Wizards starting unit that struggled mightily especially during the first two games didn't help. Crawford's shown steadier form when coming off the bench and paired with Shelvin Mack in the backcourt.

A.J. Price: 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 37.5 FG pct, 30.0 3ptFG pct, 70 FT pct, 2.0 tpg, 16.5 mpg

- These numbers reflect what you see in Price's game: eh. The third-year guard is solid and largely steady, but doesn't stand out in any one area. On some level that makes the variance for his future playing time hardest to gauge. If the Wizards frontcourt is intact by opening night, then Price's competent game arguably makes the most sense as Washington's starter. If more offense is required, then Pargo (a better 3-point shooter) or Mack (a better scorer, finisher) could move ahead of Price in the rotation.

Shelvin Mack: 5.8 ppg, 1.5, rpg, 3.8 apg, 50.0 FG pct, 50.0 3ptFG pct, 50.0 FT pct, 0.75 tpg, 17.0 mpg

- That's no typo, Mack is making exactly half of his shots from all angles (he's only taken four 3's and two free throws), which is a marked improvement from the 40 percent he shot last year from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. His ability to make shots in traffic, floaters or otherwise, has been apparent. The Wizards assist leader to date, Mack's also looked more aggressive, confident as a distributor, a trait he rarely displayed during the Las Vegas Summer League. Perhaps no player has seen their stock rise more during the preseason, though that's not to say Mack will start or even be on the second unit (or for that matter, make the roster, though it seems likely he sticks around unless a numbers crunch elsewhere on the roster forces the Wizards hand). Still, Randy Wittman has confidence in Mack and that goes a long way.

Jannero Pargo: 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 33.3 FG pct, 20.0 3ptFG pct, 50.0 FT pct, 4.33 tpg, 19.0 mpg

- Added to the roster following word of John Wall's injury, the 33-year-old Pargo brought experience and perimeter shooting to a backcourt that lacked both. Though his offensive inclinations are evident, that hasn't translated into the kind of numbers the Wizards desire. Pargo has committed the most turnovers (13) on the roster despite playing one less game than most. The 3-point shooting speaks for itself, though his 35.4 career percentage from distance says more. There are reasons why Pargo maintains a spot in the NBA; his confidence is evident and in the right situation can be a real weapon. There are reasons why Pargo has bounced around the league during his career; not always knowing how to temper his offensive exuberance comes to mind. At a basic level the turnovers must come way down or the Wizards might as well go young and let their kids learn from their mistakes.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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

Age: 27

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

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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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