As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Daniel Ochefu's season...
Player: Daniel Ochefu
2016-17 stats: 19 G, 3.9 mpg, 1.3 ppg, 0.2 apg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 spg, 0.0 bpg, 44.4 FG%, 00.0 3P%, 00.0 FT%, 44.4 eFG%, 91 ORtg, 108 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: Ochefu was no different than the other Wizards' rookies in that he didn't get much playing time at all in 2016-17. Even with Ian Mahinmi missing 51 games, Ochefu rarely saw the floor. Head coach Scott Brooks instead opted for Jason Smith to play extensive minutes in Mahinmi's absence and relied on Marcin Gortat to carry the load.
Injuries or not, that was to be expected for Ochefu, who signed with the Wizards as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova. After holding no picks in the 2016 draft, the Wizards saw enough promise in Ochefu to sign him and stash him on the back of their roster as a prospect.
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The Wizards see potential in Ochefu especially on the defensive end. He was never a big scorer in college, but was essential to Villanova's national championship team as a rebounder and rim protector.
Ochefu will probably have a hard time seeing the floor again this season with the same frontcourt returning. If Mahinmi plays more this year, that even further soldifies Ochefu's role as a third or fourth string guy. And like Sheldon Mac, Ochefu's contract isn't fully guaranteed unless he's still on the roster in January.
Potential to improve: Rim protection, post moves, consistency.
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What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Hurricanes will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (CSN channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Hurricanes game on CSN's live stream page.
WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-HURRICANES GAME?
The Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-HURRICANES GAME ON?
The Capitals vs. Hurricanes game will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)
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