We have a good 7. We need to add players 8 and 9. Our SF, PF and even C position is set this year with our backups being Webster, Porter, Singleton, Booker, Vesely, Harrington and Seraphin. In fact our starting 5 is set with Webster and Booker producing off the bench. Nene and Booker lock up the PF spot while Webster can play both the SG and SF spot. The current needs the Wiz have are:
#1 Backup PG
#2 Backup SG
You can make the case for center by saying you want someone better than Seraphin or Vesely to backup Gortat but in today's NBA a backup center is definitely the 3rd need. At the same time you could make a case for needing a backup SG by saying when Beal and Ariza are resting or injured Webster can only play one position at a time therefore needing a backup SG is more important than a backup center. Obviously we would like better options at backup center but like last night Nene played center to close out the Warriors so we could shuffle the center spot whereas we simply lost too many games this year because we had nothing behind Wall and Beal.
I actually think our 2nd unit guys would have much better stats if they had 2 real NBA backup guards. This means Webster, Booker, Seraphin and Vesely would all have better numbers. They can't score if the guards can't set up the offense. The guards have the ball in their hands 80% of a possession. I'm going to say it...Yes I'm going to say it.. our bench front court is actually good. Every team would love to have Webster and Booker on their bench.
The guards have the ball in their hands 80% of a possession.
Our second unit is getting creamed. We have 3 weeks to improve our second unit. I do not want to use our expirings for Monroe. I don't want to pay for him twice. Once with expiring's and then hand him a max, which I don't want to do in the summer anyways. He is not worth max money. He averages 14 PPG and not a great defender or rebounder. The ceiling of that roster would not be able to get it done. Paying Wall and Nene over 13 million each would leave the team with no money for other players. To put it in perspective that trio would be in the category of Wade Bosh James money which is nuts.
I say lets improve the bench by grabbing better guards from 1 of the 9 teams that are in full tank mode. Those teams would love to unload to get a potential future asset. Our schedule was harder the 1st half of the season so I fully expect us to be a 45-50 win team and the 3rd seed if we make improve our bench guards and keep our core 7 intact.