Midseason grades: Kevin Seraphin, déception

Kevin C. Cox

Kevin Seraphin isn't going to be too proud of his midseason grades.

It's not technically midseason, but with this being the all-star break, we could think of no better time than to issue midseason report cards. In this edition: Kevin Seraphin, the one-time wonder who's produced some of the most face-palmy offensive sequences since Javale was in town.

The Good

It hasn't been a good year for so far for Kevin Seraphin, but if there's one good thing you can say about it, it's that he was able to play a key role in an excellent defense. While Seraphin's advanced statistics aren't as eye-popping as Nene's or Emeka Okafor's, Washington surrenders a respectable 105.6 points per 100 possessions with Seraphin on the court. That's not good, but it won't kill you.

Seraphin has also continued to excel as a defender against post ups and pick and rolls. MySynergySports rates him the NBA's 17th best defender against post ups and the 52nd best defender when guarding a pick and roll dive man. These are both good marks and Seraphin, with his rare combination of strength and agility, should be able to continue to produce on the defensive end. His ability to play on-ball defense is likely at least partially responsible for Okafor and Nene's success, as both veteran big men are generally better as help defenders.

The Bad

It was so easy to fall in love with Seraphin last year. After a rough rookie year, he came on like gangbusters in the second half of the 2012 season and appeared poised for a breakout. That didn't happen.

Seraphin has been bad on offense this year. Really bad. He shoots frequently (career high 24.6 percent usage rate, the highest on the team after John Wall and Jordan Crawford) and inaccurately (44 percent from the floor), has a comically low free throw rate, has the worst assist to turnover ratio on the team and rarely passes. All of this has led to Washington's league-worst offense being 4.6 points per 100 possessions better with him off the court.

The one silver lining is that he's continued to show flashes of a reliable 15 foot jump shot, so if he ever decides to stop trying to be a shot creator, he could still prove useful as an Udonis Haslem-type.

Outlook

2013 was supposed to be Seraphin's year. There were red flags, sure, but anyone who watched him over the last two months of the season had to be optimistic. Now, simply seeing him continue to defend while raising his rebounding to league average levels while not shooting Washington out of games is really the best you could hope for. If he's going to keep attempting to score, he needs to improve his ball handling and decision making while adding a drop step to his post repertoire. Stranger things have happened.

How would you rate Seraphin's season on a scale of 1-10, and what would you like to see from him in the second half of the season?

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