Kevin Seraphin's emergence has been one of the most surprising developments of the Wizards season. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Put an asterisk next to the Wizards 108-89 victory if you must -- New Jersey Net star player Deron Williams and head coach Avery Johnson were ejected in the third quarter.
Dwell on the Denver Nuggets 116-115 win over Detroit if you're stuck in the past -- former Wizard JaVale McGee tipped home the game-winning basket with seconds remaining for his new franchise.
Wednesday night in New Jersey, we all got a tiny glimpse of the Wizards future. Nene finished the night with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-for-13 from the field. The Brazilian showed everything JaVale McGee wasn't: reading options on offense, a trustworthy mid-range jumper, sharp passes from inside the post and mostly mistake free basketball throughout an entire game.
In watching Denver last night on NBA League Pass, I've realized why the Nuggets had feelings of buyers remorse with Nene: there aren't enough basketballs to go around in the Nuggets deep lineup. Being consistently featured in Denver's spread attack offense is one of the harder places in the league to succeed at an individual level.
Here in Washington, Nene will be held accountable in losses and doubly praised in wins. Because Nene is being relied on so heavily, I think it very well should revitalize the 29-year-old's career.
Other notes from the game
A) John Wall was much better than his stats (12 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three turnovers) indicate.
Wall's third quarter was the axe that severed New Jersey's spirits. The sophomore point guard orchestrated a 10-0 run on two gorgeous jump shots to the right of the elbow and finished off the scoring stretch with an emphatic dunk. The Wizards led 78-64 and coasted the rest of the way.
B) At this very moment, Kevin Seraphin is the fifth best player on the team.
Behind Wall, Nene, Trevor Booker (who played poorly last night) and Jordan Crawford, is there someone else who is pumping life into Washington more than Seraphin? In 16 minutes on Wednesday, the Frenchman scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Six of those points came in the fourth quarter.
I don't know what exactly has gotten into Seraphin. It could be Randy Wittman, who finally gave the second year player his chance. It could be that Seraphin likes trying to match Trevor Booker's energy. Or it could be women. Look at all the attractive ladies Seraphin follows on Twitter.
Whatever the case, he's four million times better than Jan Vesely right now.
C) Can you imagine if Flip Saunders was still the coach of this team?
It could be the 2009-2010 New Jersey Nets all over again. Kudos to both Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld for kick-starting the rebuilding process in the middle of the season. They've thrown away enough junk off the roster for legitimate free agents and coaches to consider Washington.
Or are we completely sure that Randy Wittman will be canned? It is an unknown if John Wall would've ended his early season disaster with Saunders at the helm. Flip definitely would not have shut down Andray Blatche either. Wittman's decision making with one of the poorer NBA rosters has been highly commendable.