Over the next few weeks, we will be evaluating the 2010/11 seasons of all the players who ended the year on the Wizards' roster. We'll offer our quick thoughts, then ask you to grade their season on a 1-10 scale in the comments. For the purposes of this exercise, we'll start with the key players and work our way down. Next in line: Kevin Seraphin.
|2010 - Kevin Seraphin||58||10.9||1.1||2.5||44.9||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.4||0.5||71.0||1.4||1.2||2.6||0.2||0.7||0.3||0.5||2.2||2.7|
Let's not sugercoat this: Kevin Seraphin's rookie season was a disappointment. The Wizards knew they were getting a project, but they couldn't have expected Seraphin to look like he didn't belong on an NBA court for large stretches of his rookie season. Any incremental improvement Seraphin made during the season was only significant because of how low he began and the tiny expectations his early play created.
Key advanced stat: Seraphin had the third-lowest PER of all power forwards who played at least 500 minutes last season.
Seraphin's rookie season got off to a bad start over the summer, when a knee injury slowed his ability to train. The knee injury held Seraphin out of Summer League and wasn't really resolved until August or September. Of course, the Wizards knew the injury existed when they drafted Seraphin, so the expectation bar may have already been set pretty low. Nevertheless, that's one reason Seraphin didn't show the explosiveness he showed in France.
The other issue is that it took Seraphin some time to adjust to American culture. It's been written how he lived off junk food for his first couple months as he learned how to adapt to a new country. He is eating better now, but that didn't help him get back in shape from his offseason injury.
Throw in the adjustments that naturally come with being a young big man in the NBA, and Seraphin was toast. The NBA game was far too fast for him. When he entered, he was a fouling machine, struggling to move his feet to stay in front of people. As he got more game experience, he began to improve a bit, but he still wasn't nearly good enough to consistently make a positive impact. His lack of athleticism was probably the most concerning part. He didn't really dunk very much and took it up weakly far too much around the basket. Athleticism is the one thing young big men should have.
However, it was just one disappointing year. The Wizards say they always felt this was a year of adjustment for Seraphin, suggesting they didn't care how he performed on the court. There's an element of truth to that, and I suspect there's also an element of concern where they were trying to explain his slow progress. Seraphin must now prove that his summer injury and his initial struggles adjusting to the U.S. were the causes of his poor play.
I'm willing to give him a mulligan for last year, but he has to show a heck of a lot of progress next season to truly earn that mulligan. For now, he gets the benefit of the doubt, so long as he realizes that he has a ways to go.
A LIMERICK ON KEVIN SERAPHIN'S SEASON, BY JAKE WHITACRE
His minutes on court were quite few
A picture still coming in view
This summer is key
Don't hurt that knee
Next year, let's hope for a a coup
What's "reasonable" progress for Seraphin next season? How many minutes per game? How many points/rebounds/assists?