We’re at a dead point in NBA news – the draft has come and gone, all major front office changes have mostly been made, and the majority of the free agents have already signed with their respective teams. Now that the roster construction period has essentially come to an end, let’s take a look at the Wizards’ current roster, and specifically, their point guards.
As all of us know, John Wall suffered an Achilles injury that will likely keep him out from participating in the 2019-20 campaign, at least according to owner Ted Leonsis. To fill the void until Wall returns to action, the Wizards signed a few point guards: Isaiah Thomas (Denver Nuggets), Ish Smith (Detroit Pistons), and Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech).
Isaiah should hopefully bring, at the minimum, a solid impact offensively for the Wizards. In his hay days in Boston, Thomas averaged 28 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. Thomas was brought in partly to help guide John Wall through his rehab. Isaiah has been sidelined over the last few seasons with nagging hip injuries that have kept him out a considerable amount of games. Overall, Isaiah should be a nice starting point guard for the Wizards, though he will likely be a liability on the defensive end. On a 1-year veteran minimum deal, it’s not a risk.
Ish Smith was signed before Isaiah Thomas and inked a 2-year, $12 million deal from Tommy Sheppard. This is the one signing that leaves everyone a tad puzzled, given they made a commitment past one season and other back-up point guards have not commanded as much money. Nevertheless, Smith is a steady guard and should provide veteran leadership and consistency to what is becoming a young basketball team. A journey man, Ish Smith is a pro’s pro and should be a solid player for Washington this season, especially in a back-up role.
I was told throughout the process that Washington really liked Justin Robinson. In fact, I predicted he would be their second round pick after they made the trade on draft night. Sheppard opted to go with Admiral Schofield instead, but Robinson went undrafted and the Wiz locked up him up, practically as soon as the draft completed. Another reason fans are confused with the Smith signing is because Robinson could probably be the back-up point tomorrow. He looked very good in summer league and at the very least will get a lot of reps with the Go-Go.
Though the Wiz will be without John Wall for what seems to be the entire 2019-20 season, they have enough to get by at the point guard position. Whether the rest of the team provides enough talent – that remains to be seen. I feel confident in saying the point guards will do just fine in 2019.