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Midseason Grades: Can Jan Vesely prove his worth with John Wall?

The Wizards' top pick in 2011 still hasn't lived up to his lottery hype yet. Can John Wall revive his career?

Rob Carr

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, everyone's favorite Czech import: Jan Vesely.

The Good

As many hoped and expected, Jan Vesely's play has improved with John Wall's return to health. Last month, he posted two double-digit scoring efforts in nice wins and seems to have a slightly longer leash with Randy Wittman.

The Bad

Almost all the things that most were hoping Jan Vesely would improve on in his second season haven't panned out so far. Yes, he's slightly more comfortable taking jump shots (7-25 so far this season) but he's still a long ways away from making anyone think about trying to contest it. His free throw shooting is down to 27.6 percent (8-29) this year from 53.2 percent last year. He's averaging 1.8 fouls per 36 minutes more than he did last season, and last year he averaged 5.2. Oh, and his rebounding for the season is down from last year as well.

Expectations for the second half

Jan Vesely has a lot to prove as we get ready for the rest of the season. Now, that Wall is back, Vesely doesn't have any excuses for lackluster performance moving forward. Vesely needs to show he can provide the spark he's shown as a tempo-changer and a running partner with Wall more consistently while he works on developing your classic basketball skills. While no one expects him to suddenly transform himself into a lottery player overnight, we'd like to see him fit his conceptual role with the roster more before the season ends.

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