The inconsistent Washington Wizards noticed their 2020/21 NBA season finish throughout the first spherical of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Though they managed to grow to be a postseason staff late in the yr, the Wizards’ marketing campaign was unimpressive total.
The much-anticipated Russell Westbrook–Bradley Beal mixture usually appeared incongruous and solely labored in sure cases. Whereas it was ok to assist the Wizards make the NBA Playoffs, a more healthy roster to assist each gamers might assist them progress additional in the 2021/22 season.
3 Players probably to depart the Washington Wizards earlier than the 2021/22 NBA season
The Washington Wizards put up a 34-38 report in the common season earlier than getting out of the Play-In match. They finally fell to the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in 5 video games in the first spherical.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the total season for the fourth time in his profession, whereas Beal completed second in factors per recreation in the total NBA. The staff’s protection was poor all through the yr (nineteenth in the NBA) and that shall be an space to deal with earlier than the begin of subsequent season.
The Washington Wizards discovered their groove in the remaining month of the marketing campaign with the greatest report between April seventh and Could sixteenth at 15-6. In addition they ranked seventh in Defensive Ranking in that stretch, and can look to keep at the similar degree extra persistently in 2021/22.
Although the staff made the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2018, there are probably to be some totally different names on the roster for subsequent yr.
On this article, we checklist three gamers who’re unlikely to return for the Washington Wizards in the 2021/22 NBA season.
#3 Garrison Mathews
Garrison Mathews shall be an unrestricted free agent throughout the 2021 NBA Free Company and would possibly depart the Washington Wizards. Mathews has performed the first two seasons of his profession with the Wizards and has appeared in 82 video games (24 begins). Although he solely averages 5.5 factors per recreation, the 6′ 5” capturing guard has a profession capturing cut up of 41.3/38.9/89.1.
His profession proportion from the three-point line (38.9%) is sort of good as properly. Mathews tried 3.1 threes per recreation final yr and made 38.4% of these photographs. Nevertheless, his protection was insufficient for the Washington Wizards, as his 116 Defensive Ranking was tied for the worst on the staff.
With Wizards’ GM Tommy Sheppard stating that the present aspect was not a “run-it-back” staff, buying a longtime 3-and-D participant may very well be a greater possibility.
#2 Robin López
Robin López shall be a useful presence in the paint for some contending groups who want measurement and depth off the bench. The 33-year-old heart is coming off a strong yr for the Washington Wizards, averaging 9 factors per recreation.
Now, coming into the 2021 NBA Free Company, López may very well be picked up by contenders wanting for rim-protector and physicality in the paint. Furthermore, the Washington Wizards have him and Alex Len as free brokers and preserving Len as Thomas Bryant’s back-up appears the wiser selection financially. Len can be the youthful participant between the two and has given account of himself, beginning 40 video games for the staff final yr.
López, on the different hand, has performed in 13 NBA seasons and he averages 8.8 factors, 5 rebounds and a block per recreation, whereas taking part in 22.1 minutes on common in every of these matches. He may very well be a doubtlessly precious asset for most groups subsequent season.
#1 Ish Smith
Ish Smith had yr for the Washington Wizards in his second marketing campaign with the staff. In the 2020-21 NBA season, he appeared in 44 video games and began simply as soon as as Russell Westbrook’s back-up level guard.
Smith is a seasoned veteran who averaged over 22 minutes per recreation in the postseason, however he’s probably to depart in unrestricted free company. This might partly be due to his fall in significance this season compared to his first marketing campaign with the Wizards. Smith began 23 video games and averaged over 10 factors per recreation in his 68 appearances in the 2019/20 season.
The 32-year-old can be a mean defender and has shot 32% from the three-point line in his profession. Contemplating these drawbacks, the Washington Wizards would possibly think about including youthful choices who’re extra defensively sound to their roster subsequent yr.
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