The Wizards dealt for 30-year old center Emeka Okafor over the summer and he will be the new starting center. He played in 27 games (all starts) for the Hornets last year and he averaged 28.9 minutes, 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game. Okafor has now played in 511 games (507 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.6 minutes, 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game. He will approach a double-double for the Wizards in 2012-13, if he can just stay healthy. 22-year old Kevin Seraphin will be Okafor’s caddy in 2012-13. Seraphin played in 57 games (21 starts) for the Wizards last year and he averaged 20.6 minutes, 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He has now played in 115 games (22 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 15.7 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. 31-year old Earl Barron will be #3 in line at center this year for the Wizards. He played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Warriors last year and he averaged 4.5 minutes, 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds per game last year. Barron has now played in 112 games (28 starts) so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 15.0 minutes, 5.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2012-13: B