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Nick Young is a decent shooter, but could improve into one of the games elite with some refinement
The Wizards have been starting a lineup where only their center, JaVale McGee, shoots better than 50 percent from the field. John Wall is barely shooting over 40 percent, and Andray Blatche shoots worse than half the starting power forwards in the league.
That won't win many ball games, especially when they lack the experience and intangibles that help other teams persevere in a close game.
In addition to working hard to improve physically in the offseason, much of the emphasis needs to be on increasing offensive efficiency. None of the Wizards are posting an 18-plus PER (John Hollinger's player efficiency rating)—almost every other club has at least one, including Cleveland, and the good ones all have at least two.
JaVale McGee's 17.5, which is the highest on the team by about two points, is inflated because he's not a major part of the Wizards offense. He gets most of his points on putbacks, lobs and in transition. If he shot five midrange jumpers a game, he'd fall back to the league average.
Every player on the roster has something to work on. Wall needs a solid midrange jumper that will make teams pay for sagging off him. Young should work on a floater that would improve his percentages from inside 10 feet. Crawford has range, but abysmal shot selection—he needs to improve everything but his free-throw numbers.
Blatche is already too willing to take a jumper, and should work tirelessly on his post moves. McGee may need to work hardest of all, both on his jump shot and refining his low-post repertoire.
If the team could lift its "true shooting" percentage (factoring in three-pointers and free throws) three to five percentage points next year—optimistic but definitely doable—they would rank in the top half of the league, up from the 51.2 percent mark that ranks 29th in the NBA.