The Wizards won all three of their games last week as they finished out 2016 with a three game home winning streak. When you win all three games in a row, it’s a lot easier to give keys than last week when no one received a key.
Let’s hand out some individual hardware to the players:
Keys to the Palace
John Wall, 24.3 ppg, 13 apg, 5.3 rpg
The only downside to Wall’s performance was that he average six turnovers last week. That said his usage rating was over 30 percent, so that helps mitigate things a bit.
Otto Porter, 22 ppg, 6 rpg
Porter shot 63.2 percent for the week. His best performance was on the Boxing Day game against the Milwaukee Bucks when he score 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on 13 of 18 shooting:
Marcin Gortat, 12 ppg, 13.7 rpg
Double double averages are the norm for the Polish Hammer. But a +12.3 indiviudal team rating isn’t. For that reason, he gets a key, and daily #NBAVOTES from yours truly.
Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris
Beal had a mediocre 22 point against the Bucks with a 5 of 14 shooting performance. Unfortunately, he didn’t play last Friday against the Nets. In Morris’ case, I still feel like he could provide a little more than he has as of late.
Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton, Jason Smith
The early-maligned bench trio averaged over 22 points a game last week, so I was glad to see them come through with another solid performance. I was particularly impressed with Burke’s 24 point performance against the Nets when he shot 10 of 12 from the field. However, he didn’t score a single point before then....
Sheldon McClellan, 4 ppg
McClellan didn’t score last Wednesday against the Pacers, but he filled in adequately last Friday against the Nets when he started for Bradley Beal. He scored eight points in the game in 24 minutes of action.
Kelly Oubre Jr. 3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Even in a week when the Wizards did well, I unfortunately found a reason to lock out one player. That player was Oubre. He only made a third of his shots last week, and he actually played worse against the Nets than the other teams. I wouldn’t let this week be a referendum on him however. Oubre has improved quite a bit this past December.
Too little playing time for an evaluation
Daniel Ochefu and Tomas Satoransky
Both players only played in one game last week. But the good news is that they had the highest net ratings of anyone on the roster!
No evaluation due to injury
Get well soon Ian Mahinmi and Danuel House.