Grading the Wizards' 2012-13 season

The Wizards missed the playoffs for a fifth-straight season this year.

The Wizards have missed the playoffs five straight years.

For a team that finished with more than 50 losses, the Washington Wizards were deceptively difficult to grade for the 2012-13 season, given their rash of injuries. When everyone was healthy, the Wizards looked great. When players were out, Washington struggled. Some individuals had good seasons, but the team as a whole never had a chance to jell.

John Wall

After returning from a knee injury, the point guard energized the team with his court presence and speed. Wall answered critics by improving weaker aspects of his game, including his shooting. He averaged a career high in points (18.4 ppg). Grade: B+

Bradley Beal

The No. 3 pick in the draft started slow but gave Washington a nice outside threat and consistent production when healthy. He had several nagging injuries throughout the year and will have to use the offseason to build his body for the NBA grind. Grade: B+

Martell Webster

The low-risk offseason pickup was one of the year’s biggest success stories, as the veteran forward rediscovered his shooting stroke to become one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. He also established himself as team leader. Grade: A

Trevor Ariza

He bounced around from starter to reserve without much complaint and continued to excel as a defender. For what the Wizards are paying him, however, there has to be disappointment that he didn’t fully take over as the starting small forward. Grade: C

Kevin Seraphin

He played in the second-most games on the team. The Wizards can overlook some of the forward’s mistakes, but he needs to show more development as a low-post presence. Grade: C

Nene

He started only 49 games because of injuries, and had a five-year low in points (12.6 ppg) and rebounds (6.7 rpg). The center can be effective when healthy, but can the Wizards rely on him going forward? Grade: B-

Emeka Okafor

After a slow start, Okafor stabilized in a three-month stretch from January to March, when he nearly averaged a double-double. The center provided a steady veteran presence. Grade: B-

Randy Wittman

The team bought into the coach’s commitment to defense, ranking in the top 10 in points allowed and rebounding, but the Wizards’ inability to win on the road and against poor teams is a concern. Grade: C

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