Whether the Wizards lure in a star or not, they’ll also need to use some of their cap space to add some depth this summer. It looks like one of the options the Wizards could be going after is Darrell Arthur, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Arthur has flown under the radar a bit in his NBA career, thanks to playing in Memphis and Denver, but he could be useful in Washington. Last season, he averaged 7.5 points in 21.7 minutes of action per game. More importantly, he shot 38.5 percent from deep last season, so he could fill some of the stretch four role Jared Dudley played on the Wizards last season.
But is Arthur an upgrade from Dudley? Arthur is younger, a better rebounder, a better shotblocker, and he’s a more consistent inside scorer. On the flip side, Dudley can shoot better and with more frequency from outside, he’s a better passer, and he has a better track record of staying healthy in recent years (Arthur has missed 73 games over the past four years, Dudley has only missed 22).
Defense is where it gets a little tricky. Most defensive metrics suggest Arthur was better on that end last season, but primarily for his interior defense. Even though Dudley’s perimeter defensive skills have declined in recent years, it’s hard to imagine that he’d be worse than Arthur in perimeter situations.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the price tag, but if the Wizards can get Arthur for as much, or a little less than Dudley, he’d certainly be a cost-effective option to back up Markieff Morris in Washington.