Wizards at the quarter turn: Forwards

Wizards at the quarter turn: Forwards
December 27, 2012, 11:45 am
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Jan Vesely: The former No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has been a major disappointment. The 6'-11” athletic, second-year pro is averaging only 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds as compared to his 4-point, 4-rebound average last season. Incredibly, Vesely has more fouls (49) than points (45) and is a woeful 5-21 from the free throw line. Vesely is starting to get more minutes off the bench after he was a DNP in six recent games but his production still has a lot to be desired. For whatever the reason --  low confidence, failure to adapt to the NBA game, or no John Wall to feed him the ball on the break -- Vesely's development has been stunted and that's not good for a franchise that has little room for error with its draft picks. 

Chris Singleton: As Wizards coach Randy Wittman tries to find a solid rotation, Singleton has been in and out of it so far this season. Singleton started 51 games as a rookie at small forward last season but began this year coming off the bench behind newly acquired Trevor Ariza. When Ariza went down with a calf injury, Singleton was back in the starting lineup but his production is similar to last year when he averaged just 4 points and 4 rebounds, prompting Wittman to put the 6'-8" Singleton back on the pine. 

Cartier Martin: The professional shooter has showed at times this season why the Wizards brought him back. Martin can score in bunches as exemplified by his 21-point outburst against the Lakers, followed by 18 at Miami in mid-December. After getting little run in the first month of the season, Martin's minutes have increased as the season moved on, simply because he can score for a team that is in desperate need of just that. 

Trevor Ariza: Before he went down with a calf injury, Ariza was having a sub-par season, averaging 6 points and 5 rebounds a game. Brought over in a trade from New Orleans this summer, the Wizards were hoping Ariza could provide more scoring at the small forward position. Ariza has struggled with his shot, making just 35 percent of his attempts. When Ariza returns, which should be soon, he has to be more productive.

Trevor Booker:  Another starter who has missed most of this first quarter of the season with a knee injury, Booker was averaging 7 points and 6 rebounds in 9 games of action before he got hurt. After two relatively productive NBA seasons, this was the year the Wizards hoped Booker could elevate his game even more. As with a lot of other players, the team has to wait until he gets healthy. 

Tomorrow: Men in the middle