The Washington Wizards have been rolling along lately, looking like one of the better teams in the NBA over the past couple of months. This has obviously been due to the fantastic play of their star, John Wall, but has also been surprising because it’s happened with multiple players dealing with injuries, including rookie guard Bradley Beal.
In Beal’s absence, the Wizards have been forced to increase the role of Garrett Temple, who has spent most of the season coming off the bench for Washington. Temple hasn’t had much impact at all for the Wizards this season in that small role and hasn’t had much of an impact since his role has gotten larger.
Over the last 10 games, Temple has been averaging 28.7 minutes of time on the floor per game. He has actually been solid defensively, staying within the scheme of the team, hedging well, not making unwise gambles, and averaging 1.5 steals per game. However, it’s Temple’s offense that has been problematic over this stretch.
Temple has averaged just 5.6 points, two assists and 2.8 rebounds per game over these last 10 games, none of which are impressive statistical marks. Less impressive has been Temple’s efficiency on the offensive end, shooting only 36.7 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range over the last 10 games. He’s been almost entirely ineffective on offense.
The Wizards no longer have a chance at making the playoffs, and their season will end soon. However, this stretch where Temple is going to be their starting two-guard is important for them in a somewhat nontraditional sense. They already know how valuable Beal is to their future, but they will see how important it is to keep him happy and healthy because they don’t want Temple having to start and play such poor offense on a regular basis.