The end of the season brought hope to the Wizards Faithful. John Wall played better, Kevin Seraphin showed promise, and we all saw the impact Nene had on the team. But one player that interest me was Jan Vesely. Toward the end of the season he started putting up respectable numbers. This coupled with his good PnR defense and other non-box score attributes excited many Wizards fans. Perhaps Vesely simply needed to settle down into a new country and he wasn't the bust we saw the first couple of months? But did he actually improve or was it simply the case of receiving more minutes?
Take the jump to find out!
I compiled the numbers myself using Basketball Reference's splits per month. They are all per 36 stats.* So in January if Vesely played 36 minutes he would have scored 6.2 points, whereas if he played 36 minutes in April 10.9 points. (They were all rounded). Feel free to check my math.
So, the good news! The results are encouraging. Vesely improved markedly in rebounding, points, fouls, and turnovers. Moreover, these numbers -- especially the foul rates -- fit a believable narrative: Jan needed time to adjust to a new country and a new league without a training camp.
There are some concerns beisdes small samples. Vesely's FTA were the worst when he played the most and his best stats came late in the season when you see more D-League talent. But the trends are positive -- especially given Vesely's unique rookie circumstances.
I am really excited to see if the last two months carry over into the next season.
*Except Minutes Per Game and Total Minutes.