Wizards Sign Mack and TemplePosted on January 14, 2013 by admin
Jacob Raim - WashingtonWizards.com
Shelvin Mack may have been off the radar for a little while now since he was let go during training camp but he is back and should start seeing minutes immediately. Mack was lighting up the D-League in Maine to the tune of 17.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He obviously knows the system well having played with the Wizards last year and being in camp this year and could potentially step into the starting lineup immediately. Mack has clearly worked on his shot since we last saw him as he's shooting almost 40% from three point range in the D-League as opposed to 28% for the Wizards last year. A combo guard by nature, Mack will be getting his minutes exclusively at the point for now. He and the other fresh face, Garrett Temple, are currently the only healthy point guards on the roster (unless you count Jordan Crawford who has been seeing minutes there due to necessity). Obviously the D-League is not the NBA, but the competition is still quality and Mack's numbers and experience with the club leave a lot of reason for optimism. He hopefully will come in ready to handle minutes from the get go.
The other new face on the Wizards is Garrett Temple and he needs more of an introduction than Mack. Temple has seen it all during his 3+ years in professional basketball since going undrafted in 2009 out of LSU. This is his sixth NBA organizations and he has also been with three D-League teams and one team in Italy. He's really been on the cusp of sticking in the league several times now and for one reason or another just hasn't quite found the right situation. He saw his best NBA success in 2010 with the Spurs where in his first career start he had a line of 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, all career highs. The Spurs picked him up for the rest of the year and he even saw some playoff action for them. Like Mack, Temple has had great success in the D-League this year averaging 14.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game as well as grading out as the best shooting point guard in the league by advanced metrics like eFG%.
Temple is a big point guard at 6"5 and can effectively defend either of the two guard positions and defend them well. Coming out of LSU he was thought of as one of the elite defensive guards in the draft due to solid quickness and a huge wingspan. Offensively he is known for working best in transition (along with his new found shooting ability) and pushing the tempo. This is something the Wizards definitely need right now as they are 20th in the league in fast break points at 12.4 a game. He is also thought of as a pretty good decision maker in half court sets who could use to assert himself more into the offense.
Both Mack and Temple will be thrown into the fire immediately and we will find out very quickly how they fit in with this club. Crawford is the only healthy player with the ability to play the point so there are a lot of minutes out there for Temple and Mack to play and show that they belong in the NBA.
There are still a few days left in 2012, but the Washington Wizards are ready for a new year. Through 25 games that have produced 22 losses, the Wizards have been plagued by bad starts and incomplete finishes. The Wizards are ready for a new beginning.