Things have been looking up over the past month for the Washington Wizards. With John Wall returning to full health and the roster that was built to complement his skills finally able to serve their purpose, they have been one of the better teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference over the past several weeks.
However, one part of the Wizards organization that has been continually disappointing over this season and last year has been the play of Jan Vesely, who Washington took with the sixth-overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. With a player picked that high in the draft lottery, you would expect at least some kind of promise or production, but Vesely hasn’t even given them that.
This season he has appeared in just 42 games for the Wizards and has averaged just 11.5 minutes per game of time on the floor. In those limited minutes he has averaged just 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. In fact, Vesely averages almost as many fouls (2.2) as he does points per game this season. Even more disconcerting for Washington is that one of the only promising signs about his play last season was that he shot 53.7 percent from the field; this season that has fallen to 47.9 percent.
Beyond Vesely’s paltry statistical output is the fact that he simply looks like he doesn’t belong whenever he steps onto the floor during an NBA game. He looks a step slower than most of the competitors out there and he legitimately looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is Vesely’s problem. The Wizards are notoriously bad at developing young talent, but they’ve never been this poor at it. It’s possible that Vesely just doesn’t have what it takes to cut it in the Association. He is just 23 years old right now, so it’s a little premature to call him a bust. However, he’s definitely headed in that direction.