Seraphin looking for his knockout punch

Seraphin looking for his knockout punch
August 9, 2013, 11:15 am
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If the specific exercise makes the NBA player, then Kevin Seraphin boxing sounds like a tremendous idea.

Seraphin posted a picture of himself donning boxing gloves - pink ones at that - on Tuesday. Nobody is looking for the Wizards primary reserve big man to throw jabs on the court. Rather use his ample 6-foot-9, 275-pound frame to pound foes inside with greater frequency, to pound his way to the free throw line with any kind of regularity.

More than competent with his mid-range jumper, Seraphin is the best shooting power forward/center type on the roster, certainly among the reserves. However, it's one thing to take the 15-footer when available. It's another to settle or consistently seek out that opportunity, especially on a team light on interior scorers. Nene and Kevin Seraphin. That's it, that's the list.

Because the rising fourth-year center frequently positioned himself outside the paint, he often left the team short inside for offensive rebounds. Washington ranked 21st in the NBA with 10.8 offensive rebounds per game.

In fairness to Seraphin, his 2.2 offensive boards per 36 minutes ties with him Nene, also not known as a major threat on the offensive glass, but a player the Wizards often situated at the high post with Emeka Okafor inside. Seraphin often drifted into that range.

Seraphin's rebounding concerns are not limited to one end of the court. He's never averaged more than 4.9 per game during his three NBA seasons, including 4.4 last season.

As the Wizards wrapped up the regular season, Seraphin was asked what aspects of his game he planned to work on this summer. "Especially on my rebound, because I need to. If you're a big man and you don't take rebound, that's not a good thing."

Speaking of Nene, at least he uses his girth to generate free throw attempts. Despite being the heaviest player on the roster and averaging the fifth most field goal attempts per game, Seraphin tied for 11th on the team with 1.1 free throws per game. Missing only three games all season, Seraphin played 62 more minutes than oft-injured Nene on the season. However, the Brazilian big man took a staggering 181 more free throws.

Until the Wizards make a move before the season opener, Seraphin anchors the second-unit's interior scoring. If Martell Webster starts, the big man is the best point-producer among all the reserves. Until the training staff can figure a way to keep Nene on the court for a full season, the team will rely on Seraphin to serve as the go-to scorer when a post play is required simultaneous to his mentor resting.

An Instagram commenter noted the color of the boxing gloves, to which the good-spirited Seraphin replied, "Lmao I got big hands tho (sic) so not too many colors lol."

Fair enough. So is noting the Wizards don't have many big men with a scoring knack, which is why Seraphin's development is key, which is why the team likely picks up his option for the 2014-15 season. That decision, along with one regarding Trevor Booker's contract, must come before the start of the upcoming season.

After shining over the second half of the 2011-12 season, it seemed conceivable that Seraphin would be in position now for a multi-year extension. After taking a step back last season for the reasons mentioned along with struggles passing out of double teams, that now appears doubtful. With a physically strong 2013-14 season, Seraphin would certainly give himself a puncher's chance at a sizable payday.