We continue our statistical look at the Wizards halfway through their preseason slate, a line in the sand they cross tonight across the border in Toronto. Yesterday we calculated the guards. Today, the frontcourt (at least those that have played more than a game or two)
Martell Webster: 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 45.5 FG pct, 33.3 3ptFG pct, 87.0 FT pct, 24.0 mpg
- Though he's only 25, the 6-foot-7 swingman has been around the NBA block and his experience, his professional on-court stylings have been apparent. One of the wildcards entering training camp, Webster's role figured to be that of perimeter threat off the bench. Ultimately that's what it might be, but so far he's been the team's top small forward and a tenacious rebounding threat. Also has quickly developed chemistry with rookie Bradley Beal and has valued possession with only one turnover through four games. At the least appears to have eclipsed Cartier Martin (only 14 minutes, none in last two games) in the battle for wing minutes.
Trevor Ariza: 8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 29.0 FG pct, 33.3 3ptFG pct, 90.9 FT pct, 2.0 tpg, 19.8 mpg
- With so many primary options out, Ariza's been thrust into a larger role. Like the rest of the starters during the first two games, he struggled offensively, leading to a bench role for him and others. Ultimately Ariza's defensive exploits make him an ideal starting option considering the number of NBA scoring stars at small forward, but the Wizards might be hard pressed to go that way with Nene and perhaps John Wall out - and if Ariza's field goal percentage continues hovering below 30 percent. Heck, 40 percent is hardly ideal, though that's around what he's shot over the last three seasons. Tied with Beal for team-high 1.25 steals.
Jan Vesely: 4.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 43.8 FG pct, 50 FT pct, 0.25 tpg, 27.3 mpg
- After a less than energetic start to the preseason, Vesely's been a battler on the boards and defensively. So there's that. Offensively, hey, he's knocked down a couple of jumpers outside of 10 feet. His credible basketball instincts flashed on a rather nice drive and drop pass to Emeka Okafor early against the Nets. Last season he served as a running mate for John Wall on the wing, though the Wizards haven't been fast-breaking much to date. Once that part of the attack kicks in, Vesely's field goal percentage should rise. Still not sure how Randy Wittman plans on using him in the rotation once everyone returns as there do not appear to be enough minutes for him and fellow energy players Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton along with the other frontcourt options. He's working, he's trying, he's providing effort. We see glimpses of what is role could be, just yet to see the hype that goes with having been a high lottery pick.
Brian Cook: 6.7 ppg, 2.7, rpg, 58.3 FG pct, 55.6 3ptFG pct, 50.0 FT pct, 1.0 tpg, 14.0 mpg
- Giving Cook some attention over the other notable non-roster player Shavlik Randolph (3.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) largely because the Wizards currently lack a "stretch-four" and the nine-year veteran is certainly making the case he can be just that. That is, if roster space exists. Hardly ideal as anything more than a deep threat, but the coaches can trust Cook on the court if needed. With so many kids on the roster, that attribute can go a long way. That is, if roster space exists.