Wizards Show Some Progression During March

11:08 AM, Apr 2, 2012   |    comments
Kevin Seraphin had an excellent March and could become a mainstay in Washington for many years.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- March was a turbulent time period for the Wizards. Washington had an extremely successful month despite finishing the month with a 5-11 record. The losers mentality of JaVale McGee, Nick Young, Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis have been washed away, while a franchise center named Nene was miraculously obtained.

PHOTOS: Wizards images during March.

Since Nene's arrival on March 21, the Wizards have yet to allow 100 points in a game and outside of the Boston defeat, every loss has been by seven points or less. Overnight, Washington has  become one of the more competitive bottom-feeders in the NBA.

John Wall: C

15.8 ppg, 7.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 5.5 FT attempts

What was good: Wall averaged only 3.5 turnovers in March, his lowest total throughout the course of the season. Although most of his numbers regressed from his outstanding February, at least they didn't plummet to his January lows.

What was bad: Wall has yet to score over 20 points in a game since Nene arrived. I know it has been a tough season on Wall, but he's been repeatedly taking plays off on defense and occasionally on offense. After shooting a commendable 48 percent in February, Wall lowered his percentage to 42 in March.

Best game: March 3, vs. Cleveland. Upstaging Kyrie Irving might have been Wall's most noteworthy resume win of his career.

Trevor Booker: B+

10.1 ppg, 8.2 rebounds, 49.6 FG percentage, 2.6 FT attempts

What was good: His outside jump shot. According to Hoopdata.com, Booker is shooting 34 percent this season from 16-23 feet, as opposed to 18 percent last season.

What was bad: Booker loves to play through the pain (as you will learn in my upcoming feature story) and may have had plantar fasciitis in his left foot for over a month. The Wizards may have to shut down Booker to avoid further damage, something the Blazers know about with Brandon Roy.

Best game: March 7, vs. Los Angeles. 18 points and 17 boards.

Jordan Crawford: C+

17.4 ppg, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 16.2 FG attempts

What was good: At least he is a better passer than Nick Young? Crawford also has seven games with multiple steals.

What was bad: The Wizards were 1-6 in Crawford's seven consecutive games with 20 or more points. His shot selection continues to plague John Wall. For the seven-hundredth time, the ball-dominant Crawford is better suited to come off the bench.

Best game: March 21, vs. New Jersey. An efficient game with only 13 shot attempts.

Kevin Seraphin: A

9.2 ppg, 5.5 rebounds, 61.5 FG percentage, 22.5 minutes

What was good: Seraphin scored in double figures on eight occasions, something that looked impossible in mid-January. Not only is the Frenchman scoring around the rim; he's developed a reliable 10-footer and a methodical hook-shot. He also had six multi-block games on defense.

What was bad: Nothing at all. Seraphin has crafted out a role on the Wizards bench and his emergence proves that the Wizards need much more help in the backcourt than in the frontcourt.

Best game: March 7, vs. Los Angeles. He literally took over the game down the stretch against Andrew Bynum.

Chris Singleton: C-

5.4 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 FG attempts, 25.8 minutes

What was good: Singleton showed flashes of confidence on offense after the Nene trade. Since March 21, the rookie is averaging 8.3 shots per game. In the nine games during March before the trade, Singleton attempted eight shots just once. There are more touches available without Young and McGee.

What was bad: His defense -- particularly against stronger forwards -- has regressed to below average. I think we all understand that Singleton is never going to fill up the stat sheets, but his defense was something the Wizards were counting on to be among the best on the team.

Best game: March 22, vs. Indiana. 16 points and 3/4 from downtown.

Jan Vesely: C-

4.6 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 17.4 minutes, 2.9 FG attempts

What was good: All of Vesely's numbers have increased throughout the year. He hasn't been terrible defensively either, playing much better than in previous months against bigger forwards. Vesely even made his first shot of the season last Thursday against the Pacers.

What was bad: Who in the 2011 lottery rookie class has less of an impact on their team? Jimmer Fredette?

Best game: March 25, vs. Boston. 11 points on 5/6 shooting in 25 minutes.

Roger Mason Jr.: B

7.7 ppg, 17.2 minutes, 39.1 percent from 3P

What was good: When Roger Mason scored 10 or more points, the Wizards were 4-1 in March. He's easily the most reliable three-point shooter on the team. After his successes in San Antonio, maybe he should have the basketball in his hands during the last possession? I would be shocked if he isn't on the team next season.

What was bad: Nothing really. When Mason is in the game, the ball movement is so much smoother.

Best game: March 15 vs. New Orleans. 19 points on 7/9 shooting.

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