Vesely slowly settling in

Vesely slowly settling in
November 6, 2012, 10:30 am
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Not known for his shooting touch, Wizards forward Jan Vesely took a pass and without hesitation knocked down a 15-footer against Boston Saturday night. Looking at Vesely's stroke on that made shot, you wouldn't have known that the second-year pro has struggled so much from the field.

Vesely made only 2 of 5 shots for 4 points in the loss to the Celtics, but he did go 3-4 for 7 points versus Cleveland in the opener. Vesely actually made a free throw by going off the glass in the Cavaliers game, indicative off a player still trying to find his stroke.

Vesely's athleticism and jumping ability made him a top-tier pro prospect as the Wizards nabbed him with the 6th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but it was evident early last season that Vesely was very limited offensively. Vesely could dunk and that was about it. Last year Vesely rarely made or even attempted a jumper, averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds by mostly playing around the rim.

This season, Vesely has to expand his range to be more of a threat offensively and so far he clearly looks more confident on the floor. In two games, the 6'-11" Vesely is averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman has said he wants consistency out of Vesely and so far he is getting that. Now, if he can just continue to improve his jump shot.