Washington Wizards: With Wave of Youth and Potential, Kevin Seraphin Must Receive More Minutes in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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Last season for the Washington Wizards, young center Kevin Seraphin showed flashes of the potential he encompasses to be a starting center in the NBA. A three year veteran, Seraphin must continue his early development into establishing himself as a formidable big man in 2013.

There were many times last year where Seraphin had himself some pretty big games, scoring-wise. I am happy to say I had him as a reserve on my fantasy basketball team and was thrilled with his performances when plugged into my flex position.

The 23 year old has tons of potential. Seraphin scored in double digits on a regular basis at times last season with strings of 14, 16, 16, 18, 18 and 19 points in the month of February. It’s no coincidence that February was also his highest minute average out of the year.

With guys like Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario on the roster — who are fairly washed up at this point — Seraphin hasn’t had a ton of time to showcase his abilities. At times, both he and Trevor Booker have been given a bit more minutes due to injuries and both have done a decent job on occasion giving the Wizards consistent play.

Seraphin, specifically, can be a very good player if he continues to get minutes and also works on his rebounding skills. For a power forward, he only averaged 4.4 rebounds in 2012. Being so young, he still has time to polish that area. The fact that he can score, though, will surely help Washington the most.

Seraphin shot the ball at 46 percent in 2012, which wasn’t even the highest percentage of his short career, but still impressive. Washington has to help him out in his development by giving him more minutes.

The Wizards could be a very entertaining, young team next season with the likes of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. leading the way. Taking minutes away from Okafor and Hilario would be a fantastic way to continue to build that young core going into the future. Seraphin has the skills to be a solid power forward. It’s just a matter now if the Wizards can allow him to do so.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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