Wizards' mid-season report cards: Center

Wizards' mid-season report cards: Center
January 31, 2013, 9:15 am
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We are at the midway point of the NBA season and it's time to take a look at how the 11-33 Wizards have fared, by position, through the first half of the year. We start with the center spot.

Nene: Grade: B+

After missing the first nine games of the year due to plantar fasciitis, the veteran center appears to be the healthiest he has been all season and is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds. Nene is a solid option down low and provides stability for the Wizards in the middle with the ability to pass and score the ball. Consistency offensively has been somewhat of an issue for the 6'-11" Brazilian. Nene can go for 24 points like he did against Portland this month, but also have games in which he scores just 4 points such as in a recent loss to Sacramento. 

Nene's presence in the starting lineup in late December has made a huge difference for the team, especially helping power forward Emeka Okafor who just recorded his third straight double-double in the loss at Philadelphia. 

Emeka Okafor: B-

Okafor's natural spot is at power forward and he struggled when he was the starting center. With Nene alongside, though, Okafor has really started to thrive. Okafor has put up huge numbers the last three games. He scored 15 points and had 16 rebounds in a win over Chicago. Okafor followed that up with 23 points and 15 boards in the loss to Sacramento and then against Philadelphia he scored 15 points and hauled down 17 rebounds. 

After a very slow start, Okafor is averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds in January which has upped his season averages to 9 points and 9 rebounds a game. 

Kevin Seraphin: B-

The burly big man can play both center and power forward and is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds for the season. Seraphin shows flashes of brilliance like the 21-point,10-rebound performance against Atlanta earlier in the season, but then can disappear and not contribute. After scoring 18 points in a win at Denver in mid-January, Seraphin scored only 14 points combined over the next three games. 

Seraphin has improved immensely since his rookie season but he must be more consistent to take that next step to be a solid NBA player. 

Tomorrow we take a look at the small forward position.

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