Like most of you, I didn't expect much from Martell Webster when the team inked him last summer. Most of what I knew about Webster entailed his streaky shooting, injury history, and turrible haircuts. So I was pleasantly surprised that the team was able to find a diamond on the scrap heap, when Webbie became a huge contributor to the team's success. Who will be 2013-14's Martell Webster? Let's look at the candidates, shall we?
Eric Maynor - In a best case scenario Maynor only plays 12-15 minutes a night. But should John Wall find himself in street clothes (yet!) again, we may finally get to see if Maynor's a career backup or a guy with lead guard potential. He can't possibly be worse than AJ Price, but how much better he is remains to be seen. The answer may be the difference between a playoff spot and a ticket in the Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes.
Jan Vesely - There's really no logical reason to believe Ves can pull it all together and become a rotation player, but who knows? Our reserve frontcourt is thin, and his confidence has to be at an all time high after a favorable (albeit hardly perfect) showing in the Summer League. Can Ves translate this success into a productive 10-15mpg off the bench and treat the ball as anything other than a hot potato? With his NBA career potentially on the line during preseason, I'm hoping that faceup J he showed in July isn't an aberration.
Glen Rice Jr. - I wasn't impressed much by Glen Rice while he was at Georgia Tech, so I found myself pleasantly surprised by his time in the D-League and his Summer League performance. That said, I'm not sure what his role is going forward. Can he bring intensity on the defensive end and beat out Garrett Temple for backup SG minutes? If so, I think this guy has JR Smith potential on the offensive end, with a lot of 20 point games in his future.
Mysterious Training Camp Invite - Every year, some guy who wasn't expected to make a team finds himself on the opening day roster, and a surprise contributor during the season. Guys like Alan Anderson, Chris Copeland, P.J. Tucker, and Brian Roberts all were solid rotation players last season. Can Ernie find our elusive "Stretch 4" off the street? We'll see.
Forward Flotsam - As for the other guys, I'd love to be pleasantly surprised, but I think they are who they are. Chris Singleton has the look of a guy headed to Europe. Trevor Booker has the look of a guy headed to China. Kevin Seraphin has the look of a guy headed to Old Country Buffet (I kid. Him playing well wouldn't be a surprise. The opposite would). We'll see if any of them sticks after this season. BTW, how cool a word is "flotsam"?!?