It's been a tumultuous season so far for the 3-22 Wizards who have seen more than their fair share of losses and injuries to their top players. With more than a quarter of the season in the books, it's time to consider how the depleted roster has fared so far. We take a look at the back court today.
John Wall: The big question remains: When will Wall come back to the lineup? There is still no timetable for the return of the former #1 overall pick. Wall has been nursing a sore knee since late September and his absence obviously has been felt. Wall's injury has impacted the backcourt immensely since he was the starting point guard for the last two seasons and the team's best threat offensively. The Wizards are not in a rush to bring the face of the franchise back until he's fully healthy and that's the right move because, with such a dismal record, the team isn't going anywhere this season.
Bradley Beal: There were a lot of expectations for the third overall pick in the NBA draft last summer and there certainly was an adjustment period for the 19-year old shooting guard but he is starting to show why the team took him so high. The 6'-3" Beal is averaging 12.5 points a game, second best on the team, but his shooting percentage is only 36 percent. Beal has a fundamentally solid shooting stroke so his accuracy should improve as the season progresses. Beal has hit 29 three-pointers so far but on 100 attempts.
Jordan Crawford: Forced into playing point guard recently with the rash of injuries at that position, Crawford has showed his versatility of being able to play both guard spots. Naturally a shooting guard, Crawford is more than capable of playing the point but when he does run the team his scoring tends to fall off. Crawford is the team's leading scorer at 15.5 points a game, highlighted by his 27-point, 11-assist and 11-rebound effort in a loss to Atlanta on December 18. Crawford's shot selection can improve as he still is prone to take quick shots and is only shooting 39 percent from the field. Right now, Crawford is the go-to guy offensively, because not only can he step out and hit the three ball but he can also penetrate and score.
When Wall -- the Wizards’ starting point guard who averaged 16 points and 8 assists the last two seasons-- comes back from his knee injury, Crawford is certain to benefit because Wall can break down defenders and Crawford can square up and hit open jumpers.
A.J. Price: Out for a few more weeks at least because of a broken hand, Price was having a pretty good season starting at point guard. Brought in as a free agent, Price was slated to be Wall's backup before he went down with the hand injury. Price was averaging 8 points and 5 assists before he fractured his hand against Golden State on December 8.