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We Did It. We Built the ‘Best’ Wizards Bench We Could Build

Updated: November 30, 2016


Waaaaay back in mid-November, when Washington’s bench was just as bad as it still is, we attempted to rank, or at least list, the best Wizards bench players from the John Wall era. It was a little bit sad, but we did it! (We used data—how fun.)

As part of that exercise, we also asked contributors to TAI and other willing participants (including you, the readers) to “build” their best bench by selecting two players each from pools of guards, wings, and bigs, plus one write-in candidate from the Wall era. The assumption was that the constructed bench would play behind this season’s starters of Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat.

You can still access the bench-building form here, but further submissions won’t count for this web log.

Without further ado: the results!

Bench Guards.

  • Tomas Satoransky, off to a smart beginning of an NBA career, secured a spot in being selected by an overwhelming 70% of voters.
  • Next: Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions each captured 33% of voters. Editor’s choice would be Temple—to boost that maligned defense.
  • Also receiving votes: Shaun Livingston (9), Andre Miller (5), Roger Mason (4), and Shelvin Mack (1).
  • Not receiving votes: Trey Burke, Will Bynum, Eric Maynor, Gary Neal, Jannero Pargo, and A.J. Price.

Bench Wings.

  • Martell Webster, perhaps a sentimental favorite for non-basketball reasons, received a larger percent of the vote (76.7%) than Satoransky (and tied for the most with the leading big man below).
  • Rasual Butler, who was a well-respected flash-in-the-pan 3-point shooter during his one season with the team took second with 26.7% of the vote.
  • Kelly Oubre, Alan Anderson, and Alonzo Gee each received 20% of the vote. If I’m making an editorial veto (and thinking about the future), I’m taking Oubre over Butler.
  • Also receiving votes: Othyus Jeffers (4), Cartier Martin (3), Al Thornton (2), Glen Rice Jr. (1), and Gary Neal (1) — note: Neal was erroneously included in both the guard and wing category, which I guess is pretty good for someone who, in addition to being injured, bitched and moaned his way off the team.
  • Not receiving votes: Jarell Eddie, Mo Evans, Toure’ Murry, and Chris Singleton.

Also note: Jared Dudley did not qualify for this exercise because he started 41 of 81 games as a Wizard and probably would have started more games at the beginning of the 2015-16 season (instead of Kris Humphries) had Dudley not been hurt. So, for all intents and purposes, he was a starter in Washington.

Bench Bigs.

  • Trevor Booker—his toughness is still missed by this team and with that he ties Webster in receiving the most votes (23). Booker is now a full-time starter in Brooklyn and is putting up career numbers.
  • Ian Mahinmi had not played an official game for the Wizards as of this vote (now he has one under his belt), but still rightly places second (53%) in this bench-building exercise. No other option even comes close to being able to bring what Mahinmi can on defense.
  • Also receiving votes: Kevin Seraphin (6), Kris Humphries (4), James Singleton (4), Al Harrington (3), Drew Gooden (2), Jan Vesely (1), Andrew Nicholson (1).
  • Not receiving votes: Hilton Armstrong, DeJuan Blair, Jason Collins, Brian Cook, J.J. Hickson, Yi Jianlian, Hamady N’Diaye, and Jason Smith.


There were several creative write-ins — Alan Anderson (“for the chemistry”), Jared Dudley (who wasn’t totally a bench player, as mentioned above), Mustafa Shakur, even Peter (“Party”) John Ramos, and someone who wanted to give Jan Vesely another chance (it’s not a terrible idea!).

Considering both general votes and write-ins, Oubre would get the nod with Sessions, Livingston, and Professor Miller coming closest to making Washington’s rebuilt bench.


The Starters:

  1. John Wall
  2. Bradley Beal
  3. Otto Porter
  4. Markieff Morris
  5. Marcin Gortat

The Re-Built Bench:

  1. Tomas Satoransky
  2. Garrett Temple
  3. Martell Webster
  4. Rasual Butler
  5. Kelly Oubre
  6. Trevor Booker
  7. Ian Mahinmi

Plus undrafted rookies from this year: Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House, and Daniel Ochefu.


Would this re-built bench (assuming each player is playing in the ‘Wizards prime’) make you feel better about this year’s team?


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Kyle Weidie
Founder / Editor / Reporter / Writer at TAI
Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.