Garrett Temple: 2013-14 Washington Wizards Player Review
TAI’s 2013-14 Washington Wizards player reviews…Now: Garrett Temple (by Adam Rubin).
Others (so far): Andre Miller (by Rashad Mobley); Drew Gooden (by John Converse Townsend); Kevin Seraphin (by Kyle Weidie); Trevor Ariza (by Conor Dirks); Martell Webster (by Adam Rubin); Al Harrington (by Kyle Weidie); Trevor Booker (by Adam Rubin); Glen Rice, Jr. (by John Converse Townsend); Chris Singleton (by Kyle Weidie).
6-6 : Height
195 lbs. : Weight
28 : Age
4 : Years NBA Experience
6 : NBA Teams
Undrafted in 2009. Signed by the Wizards out of the D-League in December 2012.
Re-signed by the Wizards for one year in July 2013.
Time as a Wizard in 2013-14
75 : Games
0 : Starts
638 : Minutes
NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Duane Cooper for the 1992-93 L.A. Lakers (7.6)
maybe Greg Sutton for the 1991-92 San Antonio Spurs (7.6)
.025 Win Shares/48 Minutes
NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Reggie Geary for the 1997-98 San Antonio Spurs (.023)
maybe Doug Overton for the 1995-96 Denver Nuggets (.020)
With Temple ON the court vs. off
The Wizards offense scored 6.8 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 0.8 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-6.5
Numbers, per 36 Minutes
7.8 : Points
3.8 : Rebounds
0.6 : Blocks
2.0 : Steals
4.1 : Assists
2.4 : Turnovers
4.1 : Fouls
Temple had 202 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.71 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 448th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.92 PPP over 269 possessions, ranked 298th in the NBA.
36.2% Field Goals (51-141)
20.7% 3-Pointers (6-29)
69.8% Free Throws (30-43)
What did we expect?
Garrett Temple entered the season with a guaranteed contract for the first time in his career and an anticipated role as the third string point guard. In his player preview, Adam McGinnis theorized:
“[I]f Temple logs major minutes again (he averaged almost 23 minutes per game last season), then Washington’s playoff goals are in serious trouble.”
There is no way McGinnis could have anticipated the nightmare that was #MaynorTime.
This question should haunt whomever advised Ernie Grunfeld to rush out on the first day of free agency and hand Eric Maynor the full biannual exception. Maynor was a disaster—no need to recount the ways. After stomaching as many blown leads as he could, Randy Wittman eventually handed Temple the keys to the second unit.
As an aside, I wondered whether the competition put a strain on Temple and Maynor’s relationship. The NBA is a business first and foremost and position battles—even backup ones—have huge career implications. After Maynor was shipped to Philadelphia, I asked Temple about their relationship, and it turns out my cynicism was off base.
“Me and him got close since beginning of the season because we have the same personality type. We are both pretty calm guys, team first guys. It was a competition. Coach went with me while he was here. But it didn’t have any effect on our friendship. Obviously, he wishes he was playing but he’s a guy that was my biggest supporter while I was out there on the court and that’s the type of guy he is, just like I was when he was playing.”
Although Temple was an upgrade over Maynor, the second unit still struggled to score under Temple’s stewardship. The front office seemed to share McGinnis’ pre-season concern that if Temple is asked to play major minutes, then the team is not where it needs to be. So, on February 20, Washington acquired Andre Miller via trade and Temple returned to his role as cheerleader and DNP-acquirer on the bench.
I asked Garrett how he handled the return to third string once Miller arrived.
“I am here to do whatever the team needs me to do. We love [Andre] playing the way he’s playing, creating mismatches in the post, creating double-teams. He’s so crafty and has a savviness about him. He’s able to calm our team down when he’s out there with the second unit. And also he points out a lot of stuff from the bench that we may not have seen so he brings a veteran leadership that we really needed.”
Garrett Temple, consummate professional.
As for his on-court performance, Temple astutely pointed out to McGinnis before the season that his off-season focus was improving his jump shot: “[H]aving a point guard like John Wall that can get into the paint and create havoc, you want to have guys on the outside that can shoot the ball, so definitely worked on my outside shot….”
It is not fair to judge Temple’s performance with such a small sample size, but stats are stats. Temple shot 6-for-29 on 3-pointers (20.7%). If he has any aspirations of wrestling meaningful minutes away from next year’s backup point guard, or from Glen Rice, Jr. & Co. at shooting guard, Temple will have to find a way to nearly double that percentage.
But Garrett’s roster spot is not dependent solely on his on-court performance. There will always be a need at the end of the bench for players like Temple—true professionals whose attitude and effort stay the same whether they play meaningful minutes or sit ten games in a row. And even though Garrett has only been in the league for a few years (2013-14 was his first full season) he carries himself like a veteran in the locker room.
Temple is an unrestricted free agent. Unlike his fellow free agents Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, Garrett’s return is not dependent on salary demands. If he comes back it will be for the minimum.
The only question is whether there will be an available roster spot and the likely answer is, “yes.” Washington will have eight free agents (including Booker and Seraphin) and needs to fill those spots with a few minimum salary guys. The only scenario I see where Temple could get squeezed out is if Washington drafts a guard in the second round and elects to keep Andre Miller and/or bring over Tomas Satoransky—a possibility suggested by CSN’s J. Michael but questioned by TAI’s own Czech correspondent, Lukas Kuba; Grunfeld told Kyle Weidie on Wednesday that the Wizards hope to have Satoransky play in the 2014 summer league.
If two of those three things happen, Ernie could decide to fill the end of the bench with front-court depth—especially if Chris Singleton, Al Harrington and either Kevin Seraphin or Trevor Booker are not retained.
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(John Wall & Bradley Beal aren’t the only Wiz guards who can block.)
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