The 2012-2013 season has been a trying season for the youth of the Washington Wizards, but it is just a rough patch in their growth. Throughout the season we have seen injuries to John Wall, Trevor Booker and now Bradley Beal, but when this trio has been healthy and got minutes they have performed. Add Kevin Seraphin, the raw but athletic big man and the potential filled Jan Vesley, the defensive stopper Chris Singleton and another top 10 pick and future looks very bright for the Washington Wizards.
Throughout the season this group has dealt with injuries, growing pains and inconsistent minutes behind veteran players but this group has the makings of a solid team in the near future.
Over the second half of the season John Wall and Bradley Beal (up until his injuries) were on tears. They have the potential to be the best back court duo in the NBA within a few seasons. It is clear that these two will be the teams future leaders both on and off the court. They compliment each other well. John Wall is a lightning quick slasher who could always get to the hole or find the open man on a drive but has developed an ability to hit floaters in the lane and a good mid range game to go along with already being a good rebounder and defender. Bradley Beal does absolutely everything well on the basketball court. He’s a good slasher, shooter, passer, defender and rebounder. Even as a rookie, it appears Beal does not have a hole in his game and to think that he is only going to get better has to be a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Lets move on to the front court. The Wizards do not have the elite/dynamic young talent in the front court that they have in the back court, but they do have talent there. Chris Singleton hasn’t really found his niche on this current team but I’d argue it is because he is buried behind veterans at the small forward position and isn’t really big enough to play the power forward position. Chris Singleton is never going to be a 20 point scorer in the NBA but he can be a solid 4th or 5th option, decent spot up 3 point shooter and a lock down defense player who can take on the opposing teams best offensive wing player every game and shut them down.
The power forward position is a question mark as far as our future starter goes, but we have a good young, tenacious player in Trevor Booker and a raw, athletic developmental prospect in Jan Vesley. As I said, I’m not sure we have a future starter there but lets be honest, just like with Singleton and the small forward position, Booker and Vesley were not going to see a lot of minutes this year because they were playing behind Nene.
At center it appears clear to me that Kevin Seraphin is the answer long term there. He has learned a lot from Okafor and Nene and will continue to learn from the veteran duo next year. Kevin has a good low post game, is developing a decent mid range game and is a big strong defender and rebounder.
Watching the Wizards last night vs the Nets showed us what the future can be. With Nene out and Okafor getting most of the night off, Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker shined and Vesley had some decent minutes. Kevin Seraphin had 17 points, 7 rebounds and a block. Trevor Booker finished the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists & 2 blocks. And Vesley had 8 points in a reserve role.
If last night was a foreshadow of the future to me, the future looks pretty bright and that was without our star rookie Bradley Beal. I can’t help but watch these young players and get excited about the future of Wizards basketball.