March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) controls the basketball defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 107-76. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
There is a little bit of uncertainty surrounding the power forward position in Washington. Nene (33) is entering his 14th NBA season and is just not the player that he once was. Last season, he averaged 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Nene is still a serviceable player, but he been pretty inconsistent. Quite honestly, he seems to be more of a rotation player at this point in his career, rather than a solid starter. He struggles on defense and doesn’t rebound very well and doesn’t always show the effort that is necessary for a championship-caliber team. He can no longer get a pass.
With Nene’s up-and-down play, expect Kris Humphries to receive a large chunk of minutes this season. Although Nene is a fan favorite, Humphries means more to this team. He gives effort when he’s out on the floor, something Nene doesn’t always do. While he’s not the biggest guy out there, he rebounds well and can score. He has worked on his outside shot, which he will look to incorporate more this season.
DeJuan Blair was a complete non-factor last season, but he slimmed down in the offseason. He’ll probably get a few minutes since Seraphin left, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him ride the pine either.
Simple and plain, the Wizards need more production from their power forwards if they want to be considered true contenders.