We take a look at the small forward position and grade the players for that position so far for the 11-33 Wizards.
Martell Webster: Grade: B+
One of the few bright spots for the Wizards in the first half of the season, Webster is putting up 10 points and 4 assists a game. In the last 10 games, Webster is averaging 12 points a game, including a season-high 24 points in a win at Portland. Webster showed his versatility in the big home win against Oklahoma City in January, scoring 22 points and grabbing 4 rebounds to go along with 4 three-pointers.
Webster was inserted into the starting lineup after Trevor Ariza went out with an injury. but Webster stayed there even when Ariza came back. Webster inked a one-year deal with the Wizards before this season. He has certainly helped his stock going forward.
Trevor Ariza: C
Trevor Ariza has been a major disappointment in his first season with the Wizards. Originally slotted in as the starting small forward, the veteran is now coming off the bench and he is averaging only 7 points and 5 rebounds. Ariza missed 17 games with a bad achilles but before and after the injury he just hasn't looked comfortable on the floor this year. Ariza is struggling shooting the ball, making only 37 percent of his attempts.
Chris Singleton: C-
Out of favor and the rotation, the former 2011 first-round pick can't get off the bench. You are more likely to see DNP next to Chris Singleton's name than any statistic in the box score. At the start of this season, Singleton was one of the first guys off the bench and actually started a few games, but recently he has seen almost no time on the court. Singleton is averaging only 4 points and 4 rebounds and he has only played a combined nine minutes over the last 14 games. Wizards coach Randy Wittman has said repeatedly he can't play everyone and clearly Singleton is one of those players.
Tomorrow, we grade the power forward position.