Shooting lags for Okafor, Seraphin in middle

Shooting lags for Okafor, Seraphin in middle
April 24, 2013, 6:00 am
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The Wizards (29-53) may look different next season as they set their sights on making a legitimate run for the playoffs. This is the fifth in a series breaking down the roster by position, how they fared and what's ahead. Centers:

Emeka Okafor

Numbers game: 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 47.7% FG shooting, 57.1% FT shooting.

2013-14 status: Already has said he will not opt out of the final year of his deal that will pay him $14.48 million.

Where he excels: The Wizards don’t run their offense through him, but he cleans up for PF Nene and PG John Wall. Often left open for the elbow jump shot and can knock it down. A physical, solid defender who makes a lot of hustle plays that don't appear in the box score. 

Quick fixes: Finishing. Needs to shoot better percentages from field and line. He's a more engaged player with player with Wall and Nene on the court. Ended the season with a right ankle sprain, missing the last two games. 

He said it: “My mind-set is to be here next year. I just think that this team has a lot of potential."

Grade: C+

Kevin Seraphin

Numbers game: 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 46.1% FG shooting, 69.3% FT shooting.

2013-14 status: Will make $2.76 million for the fourth year on his rookie scale contract.  

Where he excels: Turning into the lane with the jump hook is his favorite move. He uses his body well to get that shot off and is comfortable playing with his back to the basket.

Quick fixes: Defensive rotations aren't up to par as he gets lost and doesn't rebound with the fervor expected from a physical post player. Decision-making isn't good as he runs into trouble reading double-teams and holds the ball too long. 

He said it: “He wants (the best) for me. I prefer (Wittman) on me than he doesn't say nothing to me. For sure, sometimes that is difficult because sometimes you try to be focused on the game. But he's like that. I still like him. I still like the way coach works.”

Grade: C

Jason Collins

Numbers game: 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 31% FG shooting, 71.9% FT shooting.

2013-14 status: An unrestricted free agent, he came via trade in February on a $854,389 deal that expires. He's not expected to return. 

Where he excels: A plug-in who gives the starters a breather, Collins can use his big body to do the rebounding that Seraphin doesn't provide and contest shots. Wittman made a point to call out Collins for his positive locker-room presence. 

Quick fixes: Collins is always left open for mid-range shot but rarely hits it. His shots usually fall short. If he can add that it'll make defenses more honest. 

He said it: "The most important thing is to be professional, continue to work hard like I have my whole career, impart what knowledge and wisdom I have on the younger guys."

Grade: Incomplete. Only played in six games, averaging just nine minutes.

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