A season that began with promise and opportunity for Washington Wizards forward Seraphin dissolved into a campaign hampered by an injury and inconsistent playing time that mirrored his inconsistent play.
After averaging a career-high 9.1 points in his third year, Seraphin’s scoring pace dropped 4.7 points to go with 2.4 rebounds in just 53 games. The former first-round draft pick will enter restricted free agency this summer, making his status with the Wizards uncertain. But he stands to elevate his stock should he put together a good showing with the French national team in the FIBA World Cup.
Here are three notable numbers from Seraphin’s past season:
Games in which Seraphin scored double-digit points. It’s easy to forget since his playing time was scant but the 6-foot-10 forward is a capable scorer when given the opportunity. He’s crafty in the post and knows how to use his size to his advantage in wielding moves near the basket. Though Seraphin doesn’t possess Nene’s ability to stretch the floor with a midrange jumper, he’s an able target that brings a different option and look to the Wizards’ typically uptempo attack.
Percentage of the Wizards’ offensive rebounds grabbed by Seraphin. The fourth-year forward is a hard worker in the interior and effectively battles to corral offensive rebounds for second-chance opportunities. Though he was admittedly frustrated by the dip in his playing time, Seraphin rarely let these feelings spill into his limited play on the floor, using his raw skill and physical style to make an impact on the glass.
Total minutes played in the Wizards’ final 34 games. Wizards Coach Randy Wittman immediately turned to Seraphin when Nene went down with a knee injury in late February, but when Seraphin was briefly sidelined a game later with his own knee problem, he was quickly pushed out of the rotation in favor of Drew Gooden and Trevor Booker. Even when Nene was suspended for Game 3 of Washington’s first-round playoff series and Booker got into early foul trouble, Seraphin was never called upon to enter the game. Still, Nene often battling injuries and all of the Wizards forwards entering free agency, Seraphin still stands a chance to return to D.C. but only if the organization believes he can further develop into a viable piece on a playoff contender.