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Wizards season review: Report card, highs and lows

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MVP

After finishing with a team-high 18.5 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, both career-highs -- along with 7.6 assists and a career-low 3.2 turnovers per game -- John Wall's jump shot is still his primary offseason focus. "I'm not going to stop just because I did a better job this year," he said.

Impact player

Bradley Beal finished his rookie season with 13.9 ppg. But at 19, he needs permission from his mom for another tattoo, and she wants him to buy her a house this summer. "Lord knows how that's going to go," he said.

Under the radar

One word describes what Jan Vesely, the sixth pick in the 2011 draft, needs after averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game: confidence. "Everybody can say he needs to work on his shooting," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He needs to work on his head."

Did you notice ...

Wizards players appear to prefer the addition of veterans over another young draft pick? Martell Webster said it best: "Listen, this team's already been through the rebuilding stage and 'We're going to develop guys.' I don't think they have time for that. It's gotta be now."

From the bench

After a six-game winning streak at the end of last season turned into an 0-12 start this year, it was suggested to Randy Wittman that a six-game losing streak might produce the opposite next year. His response: "God, I hope your right."

- Craig Stouffer

Highs and Lows

The Wizards season started the way it ended: with key injuries and defeats. But the middle wasn't too shabby. Here are four highs and lows from the 2012-13 season:

Lows

4. Sept. 28 » Three days before training camp, the Wizards announced that John Wall would miss at least 8-12 weeks with a stress injury in his left knee.

2. Nov. 26 » While Andray Blatche asked Brooklyn reporters, "Anybody seen how the Wizards are doing?" the Wizards lost 118-92 to San Antonio, dropping to a franchise record 0-12.

3. Jan. 4 » Jordan Crawford had 23 points off the bench but committed crucial turnovers and missed free throws in a 115-113 double-overtime loss to Brooklyn. Never adjusting to a diminished role, he was traded Feb. 21.

1. March 8 » Deron Williams had five 3-pointers in less than five minutes, an NBA-record nine in the first half and finished with 11 en route to 42 points in a 95-78 Nets walkover.

Highs

4. Feb. 4-8 » The Wizards finished a perfect three-game homestand with an 89-74 demolition of Brooklyn -- Blatche had five points and went 1-for-6 at the line -- which followed resounding victories over the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

3. Feb. 19-23 » Rookie Bradley Beal came of age, stealing a game-winning rebound from Omer Asik in a 105-103 victory over Houston. He'd had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 119-113 win over Denver the previous night, three days after laying into his teammates at the end of a lackluster loss to Toronto.

2. March 25 » One of eight healthy players, Wall had a career-best 47 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a 107-94 win over playoff-bound Memphis.

1. Jan. 7 » Beal nailed a one-handed jumper for his first career game-winner, giving the Wizards a stunning 101-99 victory over Western Conference champion Oklahoma City.

-Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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