Kevin Seraphin on Verge of Breaking Out for Washington Wizards

Kevin Seraphin Washington Wizards

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The Washington Wizards waited the majority of the 2012-2013 NBA season for John Wall to return from his knee injury. Without him in the lineup, they were the worst team in the league.

Since his return though, they have been an over .500 team that has looked quite promising. Besides Wall and rookie Bradley Beal, third-year forward Kevin Seraphin has been a big reason for that bright-looking future.

Seraphin has appeared in 74 games for the Wizards this season and has averaged 21.6 minutes of time on the floor per game. In that role as a backup big man, he has averaged nine points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. For a third-year player that’s just 23-years-old and is playing the most minutes of his career in his first full season, those aren’t bad numbers.

The only really troubling stat that Seraphin has put up this season is that he is shooting on 45.8 percent from the field this season. That percentage is down from the 53.1 percent shooting that he posted in last year’s lockout-shortened season.

However, this is simply Seraphin getting used to being more aggressive and playing a larger role in the offense. He’s averaging 2.3 more shot attempts per game this season than last year, which indicates that.

More than just his statistical output though, Seraphin undoubtedly passes the eye-test. At 6-foot-9 and 275 pounds, he has a strong and durable frame that allows him to bang in the post, but also has a surprisingly nice touch around the rim. With his size and youth, Seraphin has a ton of potential in this league and with Washington, and is just another bright part of this young team’s future.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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