The signing of Eric Maynor was supposed to bring stability to the backup point guard position for the Washington Wizards. The team is pretty much set in the backcourt for years to come with John Wall and Bradley Beal but it is good to have a veteran guard to come off the bench and Maynor provided that for the first handful of games this season.
The numbers don’t say much at all as Maynor is averaging only 2.4 points and 2.0 assists but I thought Maynor was doing a good job of spelling Wall, especially when it came to protecting the basketball. He had a 3.3:1 assist to turnover ratio and while he wasn’t flashy, he didn’t make mistakes.
But unfortunately with the Wizards struggling so far this year at 5-8 head coach Randy Wittman has tried to make some moves to the rotation and one of them is the playing of Garrett Temple at the backup point guard spot over Maynor. Temple is flashier and he is much bigger at 6-foot-6, which provides an edge on the defensive end. But Temple is not a true point guard. He is averaging .6 assists and .6 turnovers, which would be fine if he was giving them an upgrade on the offensive end. But he is only averaging 1.4 points and shooting 37 percent.
The Wizards have enough scorers in the second unit with Al Harrington and Martell Webster that a true point guard like Maynor would be the wiser option off the bench. Wittman will see that soon enough and go back to Maynor I hope. He will never be the dominant player he was in college but Maynor can bring something to a team that Temple most likely cannot.