I have become at least somewhat optimistic with the Wizards after what I have seen given a brief sample size with the addition of Nene. The team has undoubtedly gotten better at passing as well as spacing the floor and focus after the departures of Young and Mcgee. I believe the Wizards primary need in the offseason must be to find three key role players and one key draft pick.
The first player we need is a back up at the point guard position. We need to bring in a veteran point guard to lead the second team. Shelvin Mack may become a decent and reliable back up in the future, but that may be a few years away after what I saw this season. (Granted he had no offseason). If we want to compete for an 8th seed we need a solid second unit. And let’s be real would you want Mack playing 12-16 minutes against the top teams in the east in the playoffs? I think Andre Miller or Leandro Barbosa would be great fits. Now to SG, if Ray Allen would for some strange reason want to come here, than you sign him, but again being real, that is a far cry. In opposition to many I have hope for Jordan Crawford, he has basically the same shooting Percentage as Young in his second year, and he has bailed us out of many bad possessions. We all know he has a proclivity to take some horrible shots, but he is a dynamic player, the likes of which we haven’t seen from anyone since Arenas. I have been to about 20 home games this season and in half these games he has been the best scorer on the court. Ideally on a deep team he would be best served as a sixth man, but we take what we can. Re-sign Martin to a minimum deal, and team him up with Jeffers, if he is healthy, ( a great hustle player) off the bench. We are set at PF, with Seraphin and Booker. We need to find a reliable back up center for Nene. (If we play Seraphin at PF). It is obvious that Singleton is not ready to be a starter, but a tandem of him and Vesely is formidable as a back up combo. We can also choose to just use Vesely as a back up 4 and move Serpahin to the bench as a backup 5 and start Booker. That leaves our starting SF as our biggest need, which should be addressed via the draft rather than free agency.
MKG and Barnes in my opinion, are of equal value in the draft (Once again in opposition to many) Fact is one only can shoot to score, and one can only score off of fast breaks and finish near rim. They both have great hustle on defense and while Barnes has the higher basketball IQ, MKG has the better motor. The wizards need shooters to help space the floor. If you watch many of the last few games, (w/o Nene) and the whole season for that matter; we are just lane cloggers. How many people think Danny Granger would be a fit on our team? I do. I think Barnes will develop into a similar or better version of Granger. Just a smooth scorer, who at the end of the night leaves you thinking, how did he score 20 points? That is what we need. Granger was a silent killer when we played the pacers this year. When we play teams like Orlando, we have a hard time keeping up with the 3 ball, and the same goes for basically any team we play. Our only guys who make threes are Mo Evans and Roger Mason, both whom I suspect will not be back next year. The Barnes/MKG debate is a question of need. And if we had a player like Step Curry who can shoot the 3 ball and J’s at the PG position then I say take MKG. But we have John Wall, a dynamic finisher with limited shooting ability. So in this scenario we take Barnes. The NBA is about balanced teams, so when we talk best player available at 2-5, I think Harrison Barnes, because his style translates to more wins and that is what this franchise ultimately needs the most.