What Should the Wizards do if Thomas Bryant, Gary Payton II, and Garrison Mathews can't play?

The Wizards just might be in the worst shape out of all the teams coming into the 22 team restart right now. It was clear that even with Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans they wouldn't make it far, but now there's the potential of losing three more. I'll first go over each of these players strengths and how they can be replaced.


First of all I want to make it clear that everything in this article is based off if the three players mentioned DO NOT PLAY. It is not a guarantee that they won't play.


Removing Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans ultimately removes the obvious best scorer on the team and the best shooter as well. There are other shooters on the Wizards as well but none with a stroke as good as Bertans. We can't forget about Garrison Mathews either. If you are a true Wizard fan you probably know who Mathews is but if your just the average NBA fan, you probably have no clue who this guy is, let me give you a quick recap. Garrison Mathews is 23 years old and this is his first year in the league. He barely played in the g-league, only 17 games, and only produced 11.4 PPG in 25.9 MPG. Around Christmas, the Wizards were dealing with a major injury bug and it seemed as if the whole team was injured. The injury list for the Wizards contained Moe Wagner, Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans, and Bradley Beal. The depth was so shallow they had to call on players like Gary Payton II (g-league star) to start. Eventually they had to bring out Garrison Mathews and he delivered. A memorable game of his was on Dec. 30th and it was against the Heat. It was all around a memorable game as the bench squad took down the Heat 123-105 and Mathews helped lead the charge with 28 points in just 29 minutes. On the season he is 41.3% from three but he is also an excellent free throw shooter at 91.2%. So obviously they'll need to look for a shooter, whether that's within their current lineup or they have to call someone up from the g-league to fill in. If they're looking for simply a three point shooter, I think they've found their guy in Capital City Go Go PG London Perrantes, who shot 52.2% from three this past season. However, at 6'2, he's undersized for the SG position, as they don't need another PG to go with Napier and Smith.



Thomas Bryant brings the rim protection to the this Wizards team but is also a force on the offensive end as well. He shoots a very efficient 59.9% from the field and 40.7% from three. In just 23.7 MPG he produces 12.1 PPG and 6.8 RPG. This would definitely be a big loss for them. Moe Wagner would likely replace him as starting center, but also expect to see increased minutes from Ian Mahinmi and maybe a couple from Anzejs Pasecniks.


Gary Payton II doesn't get to play much but he rips it up in the g-league. He's currently averaging 20.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 6.4 APG on 55.1% shooting. He's also a maniac on defense, averaging 2.9 SPG and almost a block a game at 6'2. His best season, he even averaged 12.5 RPG. So he obviously brings defense to this defenseless Wizards team that is 29th in OPPG. The adding of Jerian Grant will definitely help this problem as he is good on defense but he more than likely won't be able to match up to Gary Payton's aggressiveness.


So there you go, this Wizards team will definitely struggle coming in to Orlando, and it will be a rough time, but the Wizards have one of the best benches in the league, so we will see how they can keep up.

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