John Wall - 3 point shooting
Wall improved his jump shot last season, which helped him get to the basket more. However, last year he averaged 26.7% on threes. 1 By improving his 3 point shot, Wall would force defenders to play up on him more. Wall could then exploit his speed advantage and ball-handling ability in order to blow by his defenders and get to the rim. If Wall could get his percentage up to the league average, there is a great possibility that he will make the All-Star team for the first time in his career.
Bradley Beal – Isolation offense
Last Year, only 6% of Beal’s shots came from isolation plays, and for good reason. He only shot 27.5% from the field on these plays, only averaged 0.67 points per possession, and his main weakness last year was creating shots. 2 By improving his iso offense, Beal would add another dimension to his offensive game and, in turn, force teams to cheat towards him. This will create mismatches throughout the floor, and inevitably free up other Wizards players.
Martel Webster – Ball handling
Webster improved a lot last season in numerous categories: 3-point percentage (from 33.9 % to 42.2 %), free throw percentage (79.2 % to 84.8 %), field goal percentage (42.3 % to 44.2 %), and points per game (6.9 points to 11.4 points). 3 However, he is still a below average ball handler; if Webster improved his ball handling, it would take some pressure off of John Wall.
Nene – Shooting outside of the paint
In 296 shots outside of 5 feet last season, Nene shot 32.8%. Consequently, he posted his lowest shooting percentage (48%) since the 2007 season, where he only played 16 games due to injury. 4 Nene is a important cog in the Warriors offense, but for a big man with a career shooting percentage of 55.2 %, he’s going to need to shoot better next year. 5
Emeka Okafor – Shooting outside of the paint
Okafor loved the midrange jump shots last year and opponents loved when he took them. He averaged 29% from 16-23 feet, 6 which wouldn’t be a huge problem if he didn’t take a lot of shots from that range. However, more than one quarter of all his shots were midrange jump shots. If Okafor wants to keep stroking it from midrange, he’ll have to focus on improving his accuracy from that range.
Eric Maynor – Reliability
All Eric Maynor needs to do is be a reliable point guard to back John Wall up. Last year with OKC, he lost the backup job to Reggie Jackson. He was then traded to Portland, where he played much better. In Washington, he will need to prove that he can effectively manage the offense when John Wall is on the bench.
Trevor Booker – Consistency
Last season, Booker had a few games where he showed what he was capable of doing in the NBA – putting up double digit points and solid rebounding numbers (16 points and 13 rebounds against Brooklyn; 13 points and 12 rebounds against Milwaukee). 7 However, there were too many games where he just didn’t show up. It’s hard to produce double-doubles every game coming off the bench, but in 48 games played last season, he scored 5 points or less in 26 of them. If he can become a consistent, reliable bench option, he’ll help the Wizards greatly next year.
Trevor Ariza – Consistency
Seeing a trend with the two Trevors? Ariza had a lot of nice games during the season, but just like Booker, he had too many games where he just didn’t play well at all. He would have a game where he put up 19 points and 6 rebounds, but the very next game he would only score 4 points and get 3 rebounds. In fact, Ariza had a 5 game stretch where he put up the following point totals: 16, 4, 26, 14, 4. 8 Consistent play is needed out of him if the Wizards are going to succeed.
Al Harrington – Staying healthy
Al was injured the majority of last season, so staying healthy should be a top priority for him.
Jan Vesely – Confidence
In an interview after the season, Jan said that he didn’t want to shoot free throws because he knew he would miss, and admitted that he didn’t have any confidence because he knew that he would only play 5 minutes. 9
As an NBA player, you can’t have this mindset. If Jan doesn’t have the confidence to shoot free throws, then he won’t have the confidence to draw fouls and will be playing afraid the entire game. He’s going to have to gain more confidence if he wants to stay in the league. Hopefully, his play in the summer league, where he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds, will help in this regard. 10
Kevin Seraphin – Shooting and Turnovers
Seraphin’s True shooting percentage was 47.8% last year, which was 352nd in the league behind guys like Kendrick Perkins, Charlie Villanueva and, yes, Jan Vesely. He needs to improve this if he wants to contribute to his team.
Seraphin also needs to cut down on his turnovers. He averaged the 6th most per 36 minutes out of centers who played more than 41 games last year. 11
Chris Singleton – 3 point shooting
As a rookie, Singleton shot 34.6% from beyond the arc, which is definitely respectable for a young blood. However, last year, he shot 19.4%. 12 A 15.2% drop in 3 point percentage is just unacceptable. Singleton needs to find his 3 point stroke from his rookie year so that he can be a solid stretch four coming off of the bench.
Garret Temple – Offense
Temple will never be asked to be a primary scorer, as he averaged 5.2 points last season in 22.7 minutes played. 13 However, if he improves his offensive game, he can keep defenders honest, which would open up more offensive opportunities for the rest of the unit off the bench.
Otto Porter – Creating his own offense
According to DraftExpress, only 11.4% of Porter’s offense last year came from isolation and pick and roll. 14 Most of his offense will have to be created for him. Luckily, he has John Wall, who is great at penetrating and making guys better. However, working on his isolation and pick and roll offense would make him a more complete player.
Glen Rice, Jr. – Turnovers
I’m going to be honest; I didn’t watch any of Glen Rice Jr. last year. But just looking at his stats, his turnovers were a bit concerning. He averaged 2.49 turnovers per 36 minutes last year, which would have been 88th in the NBA out of players who played more than 41 games. 15 However, he was playing in the D-league, where the competition level is much inferior compared to the NBA. Regardless, he needs to cut down on those if he doesn’t want to be shipped back down for more development.105 Oranges Squeezed
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- http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Bradley%20Beal ↩
- http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2795/martell-webster ↩
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- http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1713/nenê-hilario ↩
- http://hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Emeka%20Okafor ↩
- http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4754/gamelog ↩
- http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3860/gamelog ↩
- http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/the-jan-vesely-interview-pt-1-sweating-blood-searching-for-confidence-advice-from-a-j-price.html ↩
- http://www.nba.com/summerleague/2013/statistics/las_vegas/index.html ↩
- http://www.hoopdata.com/player.aspx?name=Kevin%20Seraphin ↩
- http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/6470/chris-singleton ↩
- http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4023/garrett-temple ↩
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- http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/glen_rice_jr/ ↩