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2020-21 Wizards Player Evaluations: Cassius Winston just didn’t show much of what he could do

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The Washington Wizards rookie just doesn’t have much of a sample size to make a more detailed evaluation. With a new head coach, things could change.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Wikipedia page of Cassius Winston reads:

Cassius Winston (born February 28, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G League.

Really? Does Cassius Winston play for the Wizards? Did anyone tell Scott Brooks this fact?

Brooks deployed the rookie for less than 100 minutes this entire season (!). Given that these were mostly garbage time, it feels like the ex-coach (so gratifying to write that) simply did not afford young Cassius a chance to develop. In a league and in a year where so many young players have been given chances around the league, it seems like Brooks simply wasn’t into player development.

Winston isn’t the first rookie Brooks dries on the bench either. Well, at least, now he is gone.

You could say that Cassius was on a two-way contract: but the Capital City Go-Go didn't actually participate in the Orlando Bubble or the G-League. Yet Cassius managed to play in the Bubble on loan to the Erie Bay Hawks.

So Winston didn’t entirely lose this year. His highlights aren’t that bad either:

His stats from his 99 NBA minutes aren’t bad at all either: 47% from deep, 83% from the stripe, and when normalized to 36 minutes he had 4.4 assists and 1.8 turnovers.

What’s next? In all fairness, Cassius at the very least deserves to be on the G-League roster. Let a new coach see him up close and decide if s/he wants to promote Cassius or ultimately waive him.

It’s probable that Winstson ends up being a rotation player in Europe or China in a season or two. But it would be at least useful to see him play meaningful minutes after having spent a second-round pick on him.