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A forward look at the Wizards heading into training camp

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With Wizards training camp set to begin Tuesday at George Mason, The Washington Examiner will look at the storylines for each of the team's position groups this week.

The best way to look at the Wizards' many options at forward may be from the bottom up. That's where Chris Singleton finds himself on the depth chart despite starting 51 games at small forward as a rookie, averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. He'll begin his second season as at least a third option, if not fourth.

Trevor Ariza, who won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, is the presumed starter on the wing. He scored in double figures in each of the last three seasons -- one in Houston and two in New Orleans.

Washington also signed 6-foot-7 shooter Martell Webster, who at age 25 is entering his eighth NBA season. Webster was taken sixth overall in the same 2005 draft where the Wizards took the now-departed Andray Blatche with the 49th pick. Cartier Martin (9.3 ppg) is Washington's best returning perimeter threat, coming off 44.0 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Jan Vesely, last year's sixth overall pick, will also contend for minutes at both forward positions. After putting up 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds last year, Vesely showed improvement in his jump shot during the Las Vegas Summer League but was consistently in foul trouble.

Undersized but athletic Trevor Booker (8.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg) also will find his way into the mix at both frontcourt spots, but he's coming off a second straight year that ended early due to injury.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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