Player News - Wizards

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John Wall scored a team-high 25 points against the Blazers during a 103-96 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

It's his first 20-point game in his last five tries and it was also the first time he was above 50 percent from the field in that span, too. Wall's offensive numbers are going down a bit due to a drop in efficiency and usage rate, but he's still leading the NBA in assists per game with over two steals per game. He's a stud.
Jan 25 - 12:49 AM

Bradley Beal scored 16 points with five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer against the Blazers on Saturday.

He's having a tough time making triples over his last five at just 29.2 percent from that range. Consequently, he's averaged just 12.8 points, 4.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 treys in that span. The minutes are there and his dimes have had an upward trend. Try to buy low on Beal if you can.
Jan 25 - 12:44 AM

Paul Pierce scored 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

He joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Terry as the only player in NBA history to make 2,000 treys in their careers. Pierce has been particularly hot from deep lately with 2.0 makes per game in January while his rebounds have also seen a nice spike. His minutes are also slightly up, so he's worth starting in standard leagues.
Jan 25 - 12:39 AM

John Wall handed out 13 assists against the Thunder during an 105-103 overtime loss on Wednesday, adding 18 points with six rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers.

He moved into sole possession of assists per game and he's done a great job of passing. However, the scoring has fallen off since Bradley Beal has played big minutes. Since Beal played more than 35 minutes in his first game this season on Dec. 3, Wall has scored just 16.2 points with a usage rate of 23.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 51.2. Before that, Wall had a 26.8 usage, a 45.8 eFG% and 18.1 points per game. Regardless, he's a fantasy stud.
Jan 21 - 11:56 PM

Paul Pierce double-doubled for the second time this season on Wednesday with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder.

The Wizards pulled out all the stops to try and get the win, but it didn't work. Pierce was only playing 24.8 minutes per game in his previous 2015 outings and he'll likely be in that range again on Saturday at Portland. He's still worth owning in standard leagues even with the limited playing time.
Jan 21 - 11:46 PM

Nene scored a season-high 24 points with four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

It's his second 20-point game in his last three and his 34 minutes tonight were the first time he's played more than 31 minutes since Nov. 20. Nene's minutes tend to fluctuate and he only played 18 minutes on Monday, so it's still going to be hard to trust him. If you want to give him a try following this game, you can give him a look.
Jan 21 - 11:40 PM

John Wall had a mediocre game against the 76ers during a 110-76 win on Monday with 11 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

Wall's scoring has really fallen off in his last three, scoring just 11.7 points per game. He's also turning the ball over a little too often with at least three turnovers in each of his last nine games. There's a good chance this is his low point of the season.
Jan 19 - 5:58 PM

Kevin Seraphin scored 14 points against the 76ers on Monday with nine rebounds and three turnovers.

It's too bad he can't play against the 76ers every night with this game basically over at halftime. Seraphin has been playing better and maybe he gets more run once Nene needs to rest. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 19 - 5:52 PM

Marcin Gortat had a long overdue productive game against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

He made 9-of-11 from the field and both free throws, which was probably the biggest surprise due to how he made just 40.0 percent from the line in his previous action in 2015. Gortat was stuck in a slump both on offense and on defense with just 0.7 blocks per game in his previous 11 games. Yes this was a favorable matchup, but it should get him going. He's a must-start player in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 5:48 PM

John Wall credits his improved floater to working with assistant coach Howard Eisley.

In addition to watching film work and practicing the motion, Wall credits Eisley. Wall is finding more ways to use his athleticism to become a more complete point guard, and this is a good step in the right direction.
Jan 19 - 12:21 PM

Damion James has reportedly been drawing interest from around the league.

The Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, and Clippers have all reportedly expressed interest in the veteran forward. James is averaging 18.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game playing for the Texas Legends of the D-League, however he would have zero fantasy value with any of the aforementioned teams.
Source: Real GM
Jan 18 - 3:40 PM

Nene stuffed the stat sheet against the Nets on Saturday with 20 points, six boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

His minutes have solidified at 26.3 per game in 2015. In his previous nine games, Nene averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals on 52.4 percent from the field. That's usable production in standard leagues, but there's no need to bend over backwards to add him considering how much he's hurt.
Jan 18 - 2:40 AM

Bradley Beal finally turned in a big game against the Nets during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

He had season highs in boards and assists today. Beal has done a nice job of taking care of the ball with just 1.3 turnovers per game over his last nine, adding averages of 12.9 points, 3.7 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 triples. The scoring should be on its way in short order and Beal has a chance to be a top-50 guy the rest of the way.
Jan 18 - 1:15 AM

Marcin Gortat double-doubled against the Nets on Saturday with 10 points, 16 boards and one block.

He missed both attempts from the line and that has been a serious issue for him. In his last 10 games he's made just 40.0 percent from the line with averages of 10.8 points, 8.4 boards and 0.8 blocks. He is pretty close to rock bottom right now, so a buy-low offer seems like the right call.
Jan 18 - 1:11 AM

Rasual Butler scored nine points with one rebound, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

He was surging to end 2014, but Butler has really cooled off over his last five. In that span, he averaged 6.6 points, 2.6 boards, 0.8 assists and 0.8 treys. He can be cut in most formats.
Jan 18 - 1:06 AM

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