Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Washington-wizards-draft

Wednesday Wizards Report Photo courtesy Glorioso Photography   Damn, how good does it feel to have John Wall back in the line-up? With two victories in as many games (and 3 in a row), Wall is averaging 13 points and 5 assists in just a hair over 20 minutes a game. The team has a great feeling of rejuvenation and us Wizards faithful are excited as these youngsters to tune into Comcast for every game again. Even though this will probably be a case of too little too late, it is still a great feeling tuning into the games with a sense of “we will win this game” again. Wall has looked great so far in his return but don’t let his performance and hype let you overlook what the rest of this team is doing. AJ Price is starting to look like the PG that we all hoped he would be since he returned from injury just three games ago. The Wiz have won all three games since his return and he is averaging just under 13 points a game and just under 5 assists a game in that time frame. With both of our PGs back in the rotation, the rest of the team has started playing much better as well, none more evident than our first picks in the last two drafts. During our current win streak, rookie Bradley Beal is averaging 18.3 points a game and is shooting .465 from the field and a red hot .636 from deep. All three of those numbers are up tremendously from his season averages and he is clearly showing why he was the third overall pick in June. Also there has been an amazing Jan Vesely sighting as of late. In the last two game he played significant minutes, the Magic and the Thunder games, Vesely is averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in just over 22 minutes a night. Finally a little return in our 6th overall pick who John Wall recently claimed was “his project”. Let’s just hope our team leader can keep progressing Vesely because the Phone Booth sure does enjoy seeing the floppy haired Czech soar for dunks. Another player who seems to be reaping the benefits of the return of our point guards is big man Emeka Okafor. Over the last three games he has been displaying his much needed post presence by putting up 13.6 points 11 rebounds 2.5 assists and a block a game over that span. Part of his improved play is also due to an increase in minutes, which he should have been playing over 30 minutes a night the entire season. Regardless, he is starting to play very well and it’s great to see. Even though the Wiz are playing some great basketball, I doubt it will be enough to complete what would probably be the greatest in-season turnaround in league history to make it to the playoffs.  So what does that mean going forward? Actually it could help out our fortunes in this coming off-season. By piling up some tallies in the win category the Wiz are potential hurting their draft position. But that might not necessarily be a bad thing. When I look at some mock drafts, even though it’s entirely too early to predict where players will be drafted, drafting later in the lottery might be the best option for the Wiz. None of the players I see pegged as “top 5” picks jump out as me as players that would really come in, demand playing time because of their skills right away, and drastically help in the win column. I actually like some of the prospects that are pegged to go mid-lottery and think there could be some potentially great fits. The first player that jumps out at me as someone I would love to have on the Wizards is Glen Robinson III. Or as he would quickly be known in DC, GRIII. This dude is a superior athlete with a great shooting touch and great blood lines as he is the Big Dog Jr. Another player that I think would be a great fit would be Willie Cauley-Stein, the 7-foot big man from Kentucky. He is a very fluid and an athletic big man who can block shots. While he would be considered more of a project, he wouldn’t be forced to produce right away with the way our roster is currently constructed and could be mentored by Nene and Okafor. This kid could be special, and he could blossom right at the time Nene and Okafor start to age and regress. Our drafting this June of course depends on what moves we make until then, but GRIII and Cauley-Stein I think would be great fits. And the best part about a mid-lottery pick is that they make roughly $2 million per season less than the top two picks. And that is $2 million per season over the next 3-4 years. So while not only do I see us getting a better fit later in the draft, it could potentially save us money. Another way our winning ways could improve our off-season is from free-agent acquisitions.  Players want to play on winning teams not losing teams. So if free-agents to be see the Wiz continue their winning ways, why wouldn’t you want to play with an electric point guard that makes all of his teammates better? But its only January and we have a long way to until the off-season, so let’s just enjoy our current winning streak as the Wiz are in Sacramento tonight taking on the Kings and going for their 4th consecutive win. Until next Wednesday, Stay Steezy my friends.   Related posts: Does John Wall have the ability to turn the Wizards season around? Are More Wins Headed the Wizards Way? Who is Going to Start at PG for the Wizards?

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.