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Wizards Year in Review: Player by player


Wizards Year in Review: Player by player

We start with the face of the team and the biggest hope for the future, point guard John Wall.

Statistically, Wall pretty much had the same numbers in his second year as he did in his rookie season, averaging 16 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the Wizards. After a curious sluggish start to the season, Wall picked up his play mid-season and closed out on a real high note, showing why he was the 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

Wall finished his sophomore campaign with double-doubles in four of the last five games, including a spectacular 21-point, 13-assist, 7-rebound and 7-steal outing in a win at Cleveland. Wall was unstoppable in the open floor versus the Cavs, finishing and finding his teammates on the fast break.

One play against Cleveland in particular exhibited the talent Wall has. After getting the outlet pass, Wall just sprinted by the entire Cavaliers team and, with his left hand, finished at the rim with a left-handed dunk. Not many players can do what Wall did on that move.

Wall helped the Wizards close out the season on a season high six-game winning streak but they finished 20-46, second worst in he NBA. Wall averaged 14 points and 9 assists in April.

Wall has unbelievable point A to point B speed and could be the fastest player with the ball in his hands in the league. At times, though, he relies too much on his speed and can't take his foot off the pedal.

Moving forward, Wall must be able to be more of a threat to defenses by not just always going full steam ahead and forcing shots at times, but creating more plays by using different gears and using better angles offensively. Wall is a smart player, so there is no doubt he will be able to adjust his game for the future.

When the Wizards added center Nene at the trade deadline, and when Nene was healthy and playing, Wall thrived on the court. Having a true post-presence in Nene helped Wall immensely, as the pressure wasn'tsolelyon Wall to be the team's first option offensively. Also, the emergence of Kevin Seraphin on the block can only help Wall and the Wizards' inside-out game heading into next year.

It's very apparent that Wall must improve his shot. Although his field goal percentage improved from his rookie season to 42 percent, Wall made only 3 of 42 three-point attempts. Wall knows he must get up shots every day this off-season to be more of a threat offensively because teams were happy to let Wall shoot jumpers, knowing his best offensive move was getting as close to the hoop as possible.

As a point guard -- like it or not -- Wall must also be more of a leader on the court and off it. Wall will be entering his third season next year and this will really be his team. He must demand more of himself and his teammates.

If he does that, the Wizards rebuild will finally be on the right course.

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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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