Final Regular-Season Grades for Each Washington Wizards Player in 2013
As the NBA has shown this year, it is impossible to have one player carry your team the entire season.
The modern NBA requires a team to have a solid player at every position, as well as a bench that can produce on a nightly basis.
The Washington Wizards are slowly coming to realize that and are beginning to build their team around a young base, complete with proven veterans that have done their time in the league.
On a team that features 19-year-old Bradley Beal on the court at the same time as 30-year-old Emeka Okafor, Washington's front office is starting to build for the future.
However, the Wizards struggled once again this season, finishing with a 29-53 record, their fifth-straight losing season.
Now the time has come for fans in the nation's capital to start focusing on the offseason, which means deciding who should stay and who should go.
That means each player should be graded on their value to the team and how well they played in the 2012-13 season.
This grade is not only based upon the major statistical categories but also how valuable they were to the team and how healthy they were throughout the season.
Some players surprised fans by their performance, while some did just about exactly what they were expected to do this season.
What matters is keeping the players who can improve their grade in the future and dumping the ones who look to be on the decline.
In a season that had Nene starting the most games since the 2010 season, the 30-year-old certainly had some struggles and successes.
The power forward/center averaged the most assists in his career and scored over 12 points per game.
However, he often faced injury and even considered retirement from the NBA when he injured his plantar fascia.
The former Denver Nugget started most of his games for the Wizards at power forward but averaged his lowest number of rebounds per game since 2007.
That didn't stop Nene from being one of the most consistent players for the Wizards, as he shot 48 percent from the floor and recorded the best free-throw percentage of his career.
Overall, Nene had a solid season, but as many other players on the roster, he was hampered by nagging injuries.
Final grade: B-
In a year that was marred by poor play by the backups for the Wizards, Trevor Booker was one of the few bench players that produced.
Most notably, he recorded three double-doubles this season and just missed shooting 50 percent from the floor by a few missed baskets.
His production in almost every major statistical category was down, but Booker still averaged over five points per game and pulled down five rebounds per game, with the majority of them coming on defense.
Booker's field-goal percentage had been fairly high traditionally but fell below the 50 percent mark for the first time in his career.
Under contract until the 2014 season, Booker looks like he can be a consistent contributor off the bench for the Wizards.
However, he could afford to improve on the offensive side of the ball.
Final grade: C+
Three starts is obviously a setback for any player, but Cartier Martin still appeared in 41 games this season, which is the second highest total of his career.
Martin essentially filled the role of three-point specialist for Washington, taking over three shots per game from behind the arc.
He had the best shooting percentage of his career from three this year, but his overall shooting percentage hit its lowest point since the 2010 season.
Martin averaged over six-and-a-half points per game but didn't do much besides that, averaging under one assist per game.
Martin did fine filling his niche as a three-point shooter, but his other numbers left a lot to be desired, especially his 38 percent shooting percentage.
Final grade: C-
After a very disappointing season for the former first-round draft pick, Wizards fans are left seriously considering why the Czech was every drafted in the first place.
His numbers were down in every statistical category, including points, assists and rebounds.
The point total was laughable enough, but his 30 percent free-throw percentage wound up being the punch line of jokes made by fans across the league.
The only redeeming stat that came out of Vesely's season was the two rebounds that he averaged per game in 11 minutes per game.
There is no getting Vesely off the roster at this point, but he certainly didn't do anything this year to warrant more minutes next season.
Final grade: F+
After spending three seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, center Emeka Okafor found new life in Washington, starting 77 games with the Wizards.
Okafor quickly established himself as a defensive powerhouse for the Wizards, averaging over eight rebounds and one block per game, both the best on the team.
His point production was the lowest of his career, but his rebounding and free-throw shooting were both up from last year.
He was also one of the few players for Washington who was able to stay healthy all season and start on a consistent basis, which is what the Wizards needed this season as they lost John Wall and Bradley Beal for significant blocks of time at various points throughout the year.
If his offensive production had been more noticeable, Okafor's grade could be higher, but his defensive production was certainly enough to make him one of the better players on the roster this year.
Final grade: B+
Kevin Seraphin was one of the best surprises the Wizards had all season, coming off the bench to back up Okafor at center.
Seraphin only started eight games this season but still appeared in 71 others.
His offensive production was most impressive coming off the bench, averaging over nine points per game and shooting 46 percent from the floor.
Seraphin also pulled down four rebounds per game, three of which came on defense.
The 23-year-old is under contract through the 2014-15 season and could possibly become the starting center if Okafor decides to leave the team after next year.
If that is going to happen, though, Seraphin needs to cut down on his turnovers and should improve either his blocks or steals, but he was one of the better bench players for Washington this season.
Final grade: B
After starting out the season with a subpar start, Martell Webster really came on strong toward the back end of the season when John Wall returned to the lineup after missing the first part of the year with injury.
Webster ended up having a career season, averaging career highs in points, assists and free-throw percentage. He also tied a career high in rebounds.
The small forward is getting up there in age at 26, but it looks like Webster is primed to be a starter in Washington next year.
Although is contract is expiring, it looks like Washington is eager to bring Webster back, and rightfully so.
He had the best year of his career after spending numerous season with the Portland Trailblazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it looks like Webster has developed a solid chemistry with Wall.
Final grade: B+
Despite making $7.2 million this year, Trevor Ariza only started 15 games in his first season in Washington.
After bouncing around between three teams in four seasons, the small forward ended up with the Wizards this year and was solid coming off of the bench.
Ariza was a big three-point shooter, averaging over 36 percent from behind the arc, and was a main contributor on defense.
In just over 26 minutes per game, Ariza averaged over four rebounds and one steal per game, producing two double-doubles this season.
His nine points per game was his lowest since 2009, but there is no doubt he was able to produce in other facets of the game.
Ariza had a solid season, but he didn't produce quite enough to warrant the third largest contract that he is currently earning on the Wizards.
Final grade: C
One of the more disappointing players for the Wizards coming off the bench this year, Chris Singleton struggled to find his role on the team in just his second year in the NBA.
Singleton did make 11 starts, but he just managed to average over four points per game. That was mostly due to the fact that he shot 38 percent from the floor and rarely ever made it to the foul line.
He did pull down three rebounds per game, however, and even managed one double-double.
However, the poor offensive production is hard to overlook.
Singleton could potentially be in Washington for the next three seasons, so he certainly has room to grow, but his sophomore season left much to be desired.
Final grade: C-
While Bradley Beal was in-and-out of the lineup this season with injuries, the 19-year-old certainly cemented his status as the shooting guard of the future for the Wizards.
Beal missed the last few games of the season but still managed to finish the season with 46 starts.
When John Wall was out during the first part of the season with injury, Beal stepped up and was the best offensive player on the team, finishing the season averaging 13.9 points per game.
There was a lot of pressure on Beal to perform well, which often led to him taking some risky shots, but he was often rewarded for his volume of shots.
He finished the year shooting 41 percent from the floor but had point totals of 29, 24 and 26 points at various points during the season.
Had Beal been healthy all season, he could have made a run at the Rookie of the Year award, but injuries held him back from having a truly great rookie season.
Final grade: B+
When Bradley Beal missed games this year with injury, Garrett Temple was often the man that the Wizards turned to to fill in at shooting guard.
This often didn't turn out very well for the Wizards. Although he averaged over 20 minutes per game, Temple only averaged five points and two assists per game.
To Temple's credit, however, he started 36 games this year after not starting anymore than four in a season in his career.
The 26-year-old has only played sparingly throughout his career, only appearing in 102 games in seven years as a pro.
Temple could eventually work out to be a bench player, but shooting 40 percent from the floor does not cut it to be a quality starter in this league.
The two rebounds per game are impressive, but the offensive production in his starts is simply not enough to give him a high grade.
Final grade: C-
After starting out the season by missing 33 games with an injury, John Wall came on strong after his return in January, eventually becoming the undisputed MVP of the Wizards.
Wall ended up leading the team in points, assists and steals and produced 14 double-doubles in his 42 starts.
The 22-year-old out of Kentucky surpassed his career high in points per game with over 18 and improved his shooting percentage over last year.
Wall's shot selection was much improved over last year and finished with a 44 percent field-goal percentage, which was one of the best on the team.
It looks like Wall is going to get the max contract he believes he deserves, which gives Wizards fans plenty of hope in the coming years.
The early chunk of missed games is obviously disappointing, but Wall displayed the ability to overcome adversity and have arguably his best year as a pro.
Final grade: A
After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Indiana Pacers, A.J. Price found himself on the Wizards, backing up John Wall and starting when Wall was out with injury.
Price did average the highest point total of his career, and he improved his numbers in rebounds and assists this season.
The poor shooting percentage of 39 percent is really holding Price back currently, although he had never played more minutes than he did this season.
Price is still pretty rough, but that doesn't mean there aren't some upsides to the backup point guard. He is averaging two rebounds per game and even finished with the highest three-point percentage of his career.
What mainly hurt Price was the first part of the season without Wall, but he did finish out the year with a 24-point game against the Chicago Bulls.
He certainly isn't the worst player on this roster, but Washington would be wise to find either a veteran backup point guard to help Wall next year or draft a younger player in the upcoming draft.
Final grade: C
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