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Kevin Seraphin in 2012-13 with the Wizards: #KevinSeraphinLife Heads Off Track

Updated: May 20, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index so far:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Kevin Seraphin 2012-13 Washington Wizards Player Review

Kevin Seraphin

6-9 : Height
275 lbs. : Weight
23 : Age
3 : Years NBA Experience
1 : NBA Team

Drafted 17th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2010 and traded to the Wizards along with Kirk Hinrich and cash for Vladimir Veremeenko on draft night.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

79 : Games
8 : Starts
1,721 : Minutes

1.56 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Seraphin evaluated over 26 games} 

10.3 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Joel Anthony for the 2011-12 Miami Heat (10.3)
maybe Francisco Elson for the 2008-09 Milwaukee Bucks (10.3),
maybe Johan Petro for the 2011-12 New Jersey Nets (10.3)

.004 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Isaac Austin for the 2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies (.003),
maybe Stacey King for the 1994-95 Minnesota Timberwolves (.003),
maybe Othella Harrington for the 2006-07 Charlotte Bobcats (.003)

With Kevin Seraphin on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 5.0 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 1.0 point more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-7.4

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

15.1 : Points
7.2 : Rebounds
1.2 : Blocks
0.5 : Steals
1.2 : Assists
2.7 : Turnovers
4.4 : Fouls

0.80 PPP

Seraphin had 888 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.80 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 371st in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.86 PPP over 385 possessions, ranked 171st.


46.1% Field Goals (330-716)
69.3% Free Throws (61-88)

[stats via and]


Kevin Seraphin in 2012-13 with the Wizards: #KevinSeraphinLife Heads Off Track

by Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

Of the four young Wizards who seemed to regress during 2012-13 season, Kevin Seraphin stands out as the most disappointing. Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton saw limited playing time, and Trevor Booker suffered injury set-backs once again. Seraphin, on the other hand, was completely healthy and got consistent minutes, but delivered an inconsistent dud.

There were high hopes for the big man from French Guiana after he blossomed at end of the 2011-12 season. He was inserted into the starting lineup in March and averaged 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 21 starts. Seraphin then spent last summer practicing and playing with Team France, and he gained valuable experience as a rotation player during the London Olympic games.

Kwame Brown, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee never lived up to their true potential in Washington. Followers of the Wizards have been excited because Seraphin, at times, has shown legitimate promise that he could break the franchise’s bad streak of developing young bigs and become a building block for the future.

His personality was also refreshing via active social media accounts and high accessibility to fans. The story of naming his snake “Snakey” and pictures of Sponge Bob buckled up in his car were hilarious. The “#SeraPhans” Twitter hashtag was created by his admirers, and his desire to be an apprentice of Nene was endearing.

Unfortunately, the optimism surrounding Seraphin began dissipate as he morphed into a one-dimensional shot-jacker on the court, while his self-created “#KevinSeraphinLife” hashtag plummeted into deserved mockery.

The acquisition of Emeka Okafor last summer meant that Seraphin would become a top reserve. He started out the season decently and was one of the few consistent scorers, becoming a go-to guy in the post with Nene out. He could shoot baby hooks with either hand (Seraphin finished in second in the league behind Okafor in hook shot percentage at 72.9 percent, via, and he was a threat from mid-range with his jumper. Signs of potential trouble, however, came early in the season. Seraphin committed a crucial late-game turnover versus Boston in the second game. A few days later, Seraphin’s six turnovers proved to be costly in another contest against the Celtics.

Seraphin could not handle the double-teams that the Celtics ran at him. The Boston defense usually does not resort to double-teaming the post, but they knew that Seraphin was highly likely to turn the ball over if they did. The book was out on Seraphin, and he needed to make the proper adjustments. But those adjustments never materialized, as Seraphin was making the same exact mistakes in April 2013 as he was in November 2012.

As the Wizards season collapsed into historic futility early-on, Seraphin contributed by shooting jumpers … and then shooting some more. Due to his predictable, robotic tendencies, I started to call him “SeraBot.”

James Straton of the blog Wiz of Awes absolutely nailed it with this Kevin Seraphin decision tree:

[Kevin Seraphin decision tree, via]

Of course, this would be okay if Seraphin were actually getting to the free throw line, but he would almost go out of his way to avoid contact on the block. Seraphin’s pathetic 2.1 free throw attempts per 36 minutes in 2011-12 actually decreased to 1.8 in 2012-13.

TAI’s Kyle Weidie remarked in December:

Seraphin is hitting the jumpers, but pump fakes in the paint or finishes with contact are a rarity. Sometimes, when inches away from the basket, he’ll spin 240 degrees in the opposite direction to get a shot more in his comfort zone. San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair and Portland’s J.J. Hickson are just the latest NBA opponents to take advantage of Seraphin with the ability to throw around their girth. If only one could combine Seraphin’s soft shooting touch with their willingness. Seraphin’s young game is rising, and he’ll only be 23-years old on December 7. But to get to the next level in the NBA, Seraphin is going to have to dramatically turn his game around. And that starts with him being able to bang to his way to the free throw line.

Seraphin’s young game is rising, and he’ll only be 23-years old on December 7. But to get to the next level in the NBA, Seraphin is going to have to dramatically turn his game around. And that starts with him being able to bang to his way to the free throw line.

On the defensive front, Seraphin remained adequate. But he still faced the wrath of Randy Wittman for often being out of position, and he allowed too many and-1 chances by not wrapping up players to prevent a shot attempt.

Seraphin’s social media game, parraelling his on-court game, fell off the rails. It was wrought with over-sharing and bizarreness. His humor became as ugly as his cross-court passes. Once, a teammate simply shook his head when our conversation turned to Seraphin’s Instagram account; the player remarking that Seraphin must not fully understand how his social media shares are perceived by the general public. #KevinSeraphinLife was not a #LOL but a #WTF. (Some fans be like: misogyny is not funny.)

Seraphin’s black hole reputation on offense started to get recognized on a wider scale. Via Ian Levy of the blog Hickory High:

Seraphin’s box score production contributed minus-4.9 Wins to the Wizards’ season total. As I noted at the All-Star break, Seraphin has been multi-laterally atrocious. Other than points scored, his per 48 minute averages in every statistical category are worse than an average NBA center. Adding insult to injury, by my shot-selection metric, Expected Points Per Shot, he also had the second worst shot selection in the entire league this season, barely edged out by Richard Hamilton. Seraphin is young and there could be plenty more Anti-Award hardware in his future.

Wittman’s tough love act doesn’t seem to be working just yet. And Nene’s supposed tutelage of his fellow South American lacks empirical evidence. Seraphin has become more of a finesse ball hog than what he was drafted for: his large body and toughness.

I hate to be so harsh, but statistics show this his mere presence cost his team more wins than any other player, even those with historically bad seasons like Austin Rivers. Seraphin’s best game of season came during an improbable victory in Denver when he had 18 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

Seraphin is a coachable player, he does work hard, and he is respectful and nice when dealing with the media. I have witnessed Assistant Coach Jerry Sichting going through post drills with him before most games, specifically up-and-under moves. But for some maddening reason, Seraphin rarely employs such tactics in games.

During season-ending press availability, Wittman mentioned that it was a big summer for Singleton, Vesely and Booker, and then the coach made sure to throw Kevin’s name in there. Seraphin recently announced that he will not be playing with Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2013, but rather will be concentrating on what he needs to improve upon for the Wizards.

Washington could package Seraphin in a trade; surely anyone not named Wall or Beal is technically available. Of the four struggling first round picks, Seraphin has the most value because he can score with a soft touch and might even lure a decent return. But most likely, Seraphin will be back in the red, white and blue, because after the aging Nene and Okafor, the Wizards still have a thin frontcourt. Next season will be vital to see if Seraphin becomes part of the answer to Washington’s losing woes or if he’ll continue to be one of the causes.

Kevin Seraphin: Pre-Game Workouts.

{videos via Adam McGinnis}

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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.