Wizards headed in 'right direction'
Sometimes numbers lie. In the case of Eric Maynor up to this point, they don't. The Wizards' backup point guard to John Wall has yet to adapt in his first season with the team.
Maynor is averaging just 2.9 points, 2.1 assists and 32.8% field-goal shooting. He has had some painful stretches, most notably against the Indiana Pacers last week when he had four turnovers in nine minutes.
The second unit has been a problem for coach Randy Wittman as it has been able to hold leads at the end of the first quarter with Maynor running the offense. Wittman said earlier in the season he was more unhappy with Maynor's ball pressure on defense and not contesting shots.
Wittman's assessment of what's lacking with Maynor, who is making $2 million this season and has a player-option at $2.1 million for 2014-15: "Aggression at both ends. Sometimes when you get into not playing confidently, you regress instead of being aggressive. You tend to be too safe. Can't do that. Play hard. Play fast. His pace and everything has got to be consistent."
Maynor is the linchpin to the second unit. When the quarterback of it isn't playing well, it translates. It's Maynor's job to set up Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker. If he doesn't, the offense stagnates because they need a facilitator to create their shots.
The irony, of course, is that Maynor was expected to be a change-of-pace option to Wall, allowing the Wizards to be more effective in half-court.