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Now that the dust has settled for the 2018-19 Wizards season, it's time to review the roster and hand out individual grades...

Who: Thomas Bryant, center

Age: 21

2018-19 stats: 72 G, 20.8 mpg, 10.5 ppg, 1.3 apg, 6.3 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.9 bpg, 0.8 tov, 61.6 FG%, 33.3 3P% (0.5/1.4), 64.8 eFG%, 78.1 FT% (1.5/1.9), 130 ortg, 112 drtg

2018-19 salary: $1.4M

Best game: 12/22 vs. Suns - 31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 14-14 FG

Grade: A

Season review: There was arguably no more positive development for the Wizards this past season than the emergence of Thomas Bryant. Of course, there were many more negatives than positives for the Wizards, but Bryant's breakout season represented a true boon for the franchise.

At just 21 years old, Bryant became an integral piece for the Wizards just months after the Lakers dumped him on the waiver wire. The Wizards pounced and found a diamond in the rough. He is young and athletic, he hustles and has some unique skill for his age with the ability to knock down threes and finish efficiently around the rim.

Bryant, in fact, was so efficient that he set the franchise single-season record for field goal percentage. He has good touch in the post and smart shot selection.

Defense is Bryant's biggest weakness and something he will hope to improve on moving forward. He could also take another step as a rebounder. Depending on who takes over as the team's GM, the Wizards will likely hope that Bryant's career continues in Washington. He is a restricted free agent and will probably draw a good deal of interest due to his upside.

 

As for the 2018-19 season, he gets one of the highest grades of any player on the team.

Who: Bobby Portis, power forward/center

Age: 24

2018-19 stats (with Wizards): 28 G, 27.4 mpg, 14.3 ppg, 1.5 apg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 1.6 tov, 44.0 FG%, 40.3 3P% (1.7/4.3), 50.7 eFG%, 80.9 FT% (1.4/1.7), 104 ortg, 112 drtg

2018-19 salary: $2.5M

Best game: 3/29 at Jazz - 28 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, block, 6-12 3PT

Grade: B

Season review: The Wizards got Bobby Portis in the February deal with the Bulls that sent Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago and in doing so made up for a decision they probably wish they had back. Back in June of 2015, the Wizards traded up for Kelly Oubre Jr. when they could have stood pat and drafted Portis. They liked Portis and essentially chose between the two, but had to also give up two second round picks to land Oubre.

If the Wizards had just stayed with the 19th pick and taken Portis, they probably would have been better off. Oubre proved to be a fine player, but Portis was arguably a better fit, in hindsight.

For the final few months of this season, they got to see Portis in a Wizards uniform and it went fairly well. He put up career numbers basically across the board, including a 40.3 three-point percentage. He got along well with teammates and had some truly impressive stat-lines.

But Portis had some limitations on defense and wasn't enough to change the team's course in the standings. And going into this summer, it is hard to see how the Wizards can afford him as he gets set for restricted free agency. 

Portis is only 24 and has clear upside as a stretch-four. Some team is likely going to pay him something close to his reported asking price of about $16 million per year, and it probably won't be the Wizards.

Who: Jabari Parker, forward

Age: 24

2018-19 stats (with Wizards): 25 G, 27.3 mpg, 15.0 ppg, 2.7 apg, 7.2 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.6 bpg, 2.7 tov, 52.3 FG%, 29.6 3P% (1.0/3.2), 56.5 eFG%, 68.4 FT% (2.1/3.0), 105 ortg, 112 drtg

2018-19 salary: $20M

Best game: 3/27 at Suns - 28 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 9-16 FG, 8-10 FT

Grade: B

Season review: Jabari Parker came over from Chicago in the same February trade as Portis and like Portis, he thrived individually with the Wizards. He needed a fresh start from a disastrous tenure in Chicago and was afforded a large role in the offense. He proved a dynamic scorer off the Wizards' bench and one of the best rebounders on the team.

Parker was one of the Wizards' most skilled offensive players. He got to the rim consistently and shot the best percentage on the team (61.5) on drives. 

 

Parker's defense did not measure up, like many of his teammates. And the points didn't lead to wins. He also turned the ball over a lot and too often was held to single-digit points. 

All in all, though, Parker probably exceeded expectations after the trade. He was also very happy playing in Washington after all that happened with the Bulls.

Parker has a $20 million team option that the Wizards' current front office plans to decline if they remain in charge. Barring something unforeseen, he will not be making that money next year.

But that doesn't mean he can't return. The Wizards could try to sign him back for a cheaper deal and, depending on the new GM's plans, the two sides may prove a fit. 

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