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Wizards sign point guards Shelvin Mack, Garrett Temple

Dec 26, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

George Hill, Shelvin Mack AP

The biggest problem with the Wizards recent moves at point guard is that it does not involve the name John Wall. Until it does, the Wizards are spinning their wheels, stuck in the mud with the worst offense in the NBA.

Washington did make some changes at point guard — Shaun Livingston is out (he’s in Cleveland) and Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple are in, reports Ben Standig at Mack had been with the Wizards in training camp.

For the 3-22 Wizards this is essentially re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. But as Standig notes, when you’re 3-22 you have to try something. And these guys may be an upgrade over what they had.

However, adding actual point guards or at least willing passers needed to be done. Since A.J. Price suffered a fractured hand four minutes into the Wizards Dec. 8 home loss against Golden State, the offense been increasingly erratic. Starting with the Golden State loss, Washington has dropped eight of nine including the last seven.

And they are losing because their offense is so bad. So why not try something new? But don’t expect a big change.

As for Wall, he is “ramping up” activity, doing things like running and cutting. But he is not practicing with teammates and there remains no timetable, Standig reports.

  1. miamatt - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Garrett Temple was Miami’s last cut of training camp, I was wondering if he’d get a shot somewhere else. He brings great size to the PG position, though he is still learing the position after being a SG for most of his basketball life. I was hoping he’d be back in training camp with the Heat next year, as he’s close to being a real option at the 1. I wish him well in DC.

  2. unxpexted1 - Dec 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I really thought the wizards would be decent this year with the move towards being a defensive team. But its sad how awful they are.

  3. rockthered1286 - Dec 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I’ll say it a million times- full gut this offseason. GM. Coach. And Wall included. Get some picks back. Start fresh. If anybody else has another viable option that involves keeping Wall, please let me know because I see no possible way you can justify keeping a player like Wall, assuming he’ll hang around for another contract with a poor excuse for an NBA team that most likely would struggle making the NIT tournament, let alone competing in the NBA.

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