Washington Wizards Player News: Centers

News: Bryant's (foot) re-evaluation Monday went "great," and coach Scott Brooks is hopeful that Bryant can return to the court during the first game after the All-Star break, which is Friday against the Cavaliers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Right foot soreness sidelined Bryant for the four games leading up to the break. His return would be a welcome one, as the Wizards are four wins out of the eighth seed and could make a late run for the postseason if the Magic begin to slip. In 29 appearances this season, Bryant has averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.5 minutes.
News: Mahinmi had nine points (3-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Mahinmi continues to hold down the fort as the starting center with Thomas Bryant (foot) still sidelined. It's unclear if Bryant will be ready to return after the All-Star break and, as long as he's not available, Mahinmi makes for a decent dart throw in daily leagues on nights when the matchup is on the friendly side.
News: Wagner was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Wagner was ejected during the middle of the fourth quarter after receiving back-to-back technical fouls for an altercation with the referees. He finished with six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 16 minutes on the night and should be allowed to return in full for Friday's tilt with the Cavaliers.
News: Pasecniks (hip) is listed questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Pasecniks popped up on the injury report ahead of Tuesday night's game and ended up sitting out. There's a good chance that's the case again Wednesday, though either way, Pasecniks has fallen out of the regular rotation.
News: Pasecniks is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bulls due to tightness in his left hip.
Impact: Pasecniks is a new addition to the injury report as the Wizards head into the first night of a back-to-back, but he's not on the fantasy radar right now, having racked up five straight DNP-CDs.
News: Wagner put up 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Impact: Wagner recently returned from an ankle injury that forced him to miss 25 games, but looked no worse for wear in this one. Thomas Bryant is out indefinitely because of a stress reaction in his right foot. The Wizards will likely take it easy with Bryant, so Bertans could see a solid uptick in his workload. The 22-year old is a standard league asset in only 20.2 minutes per game, so he's worth a look for teams in search of a big man.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Sunday "there's probably a good chance" Bryant (foot) doesn't return before the All-Star break, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant was already ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Grizzlies, and it appears he's also expected to miss the back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday. The 22-year-old missed 20 games in December/January due to a stress reaction in his right foot and aggravated that injury last week. Assuming he doesn't play before the All-Star break, Bryant's next chance to suit up will be Friday, Feb. 21 against the Cavaliers.
News: The Wizards recalled Pasecniks from the G League's Capital City Go-Go on Sunday.
Impact: Pasecniks will be up with the parent club for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies after a brief pit stop with the Go-Go. He logged 20 minutes for the G League affiliate Saturday in its 133-106 win over the Erie BayHawks, contributing 16 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), nine boards, two steals and one block.
News: Pasecniks was recalled from the G League ahead of Friday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Pasecniks hasn't played in an NBA game since Jan. 28. He'll get an opportunity to do so Friday while backing up Ian Mahinmi.
News: Bryant (foot) has suffered a setback with his sore right foot and is expected to miss "the next few games."
Impact: The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but with the All-Star break approaching, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bryant's injury ends up keeping him sidelined for the next four games. The Indiana product missed significant time earlier in the season with a stress reaction in his right foot, but he made his return Jan. 12 and appeared in each of the Wizards' last 11 games. Expect Moritz Wagner, Ian Mahinmi and Rui Hachimura to handle most of the minutes at center without Bryant.
News: Bryant contributed 11 points (3-3 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 29 minutes Monday in the Warriors' 125-117 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks said prior to the contest that Bryant would remain under an unspecified minutes restriction, but the big man still ended up seeing a rather robust level of playing time. Bryant's workload was a particularly encouraging development in light of the returns of fellow frontcourt players Rui Hachimura (groin) and Moritz Wanger (ankle), who played 26 and 12 minutes, respectively. Both of those players should see their minutes pushed up a bit in the games to come, but any increase is most likely to come at the expense of Ian Mahinmi, who started ahead of Bryant at center but played only nine minutes.
News: Wagner (ankle) played 12 minutes off the bench Monday in the Wizards' 125-117 loss to the Warriors, finishing with eight points (4-5 FG) and two rebounds.
Impact: Back in action after a five-week absence, Wagner's playing time was unsurprisingly limited, but he fared well during the minutes he received. The Wizards ran a bloated 11-man rotation Monday, but more playing time should be available for all three of the Washington bigs that have recently returned from injuries -- Wagner, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura -- once all have their restrictions lifted. Gary Payton, Ian Mahinmi and Isaac Bonga all played 11 minutes or fewer and are all candidates to be excised from the rotation in the near future.
News: The Wizards assigned Pasecniks to the G League's Capital City Go-Go on Tuesday.
Impact: With Rui Hachimura (groin) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) returning from extended absences in Monday's 125-117 loss to the Warriors, the Wizards were back to full strength in the frontcourt, which left no minutes available for Pasecniks. The rookie center had already been out of the rotation for the prior two games while Thomas Bryant and Ian Mahinmi split the playing time at center, and the additions of Hachimura and Wagner only further damage Pasecniks' chances of recapturing a meaningful role off the bench. Expect Pasecniks to at least see extensive minutes Wednesday in the Go-Go's matchup with the Grand Rapids Drive.
News: Bryant will remain on a minutes limit Monday against the Warriors, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's now been 10 games since Bryant returned from injury, but the Wizards continue to hold him to a soft minutes limit. The big man has started five of those 10 games, but he'll come off the bench for the third straight game while Ian Mahinmi remains the starter. Over the last three games, Bryant has played 32, 23 and 25 minutes, respectively, so it's been difficult to gauge exactly what the workload limitation entails from night to night.
News: Mahinmi will remain in the starting lineup Monday against the Warriors, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Washington is getting both Rui Hachimura and Moe Wagner back from injury, but the Wizards will stick with Mahinmi at center, with Wagner and Thomas Bryant coming off the bench. At some point, Bryant will likely recapture the starting job, but the Wizards are keeping him on a minutes limit for the time being.
News: Wagner (ankle) will be available off the bench Monday against Golden State.
Impact: The Wizards did not list Wagner on their initial injury report, and the team has now confirmed that the big man will be back to availability Monday for the first time since Dec. 10. Wagner will come off the bench and face a minutes restriction as the team eases him back into game action.
News: Wagner (ankle) is not on the injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Warriors.
Impact: The Wizards haven't officially commented on Wagner's status, but the implication is that he could be back in the mix Monday night after a lengthy injury layoff. Wagner hasn't played since Dec. 10. so if he is cleared to play, he'll likely have a minutes restriction.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Friday that Wagner (ankle) could retake the court sometime next week, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old has been sidelined by the left ankle sprain since Dec. 10 but appears to be closing in on his return. Wagner was selected to the World Team of the Rising Stars Challenge and Brooks indicated he expects the young forward to be able to play in that game Feb. 14.
News: Bryant turned in 21 points (9-11 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes during Thursday's 121-107 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Bryant has been impressive during the last two bouts, providing quality stat lines despite fluctuating roles. The Wizards seem likely to continue exercising caution with Bryant given his recent lengthy absence with a stress fracture in his right foot. Nevertheless, he has proven capable of filling it up regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench and remains a solid option at the center position.
News: Bryant will come off the bench Thursday against the Hornets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant played 32 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks -- the most he's seen in a game since returning from an extended absence earlier in the month -- so the Wizards will bring him off the bench Thursday as they look to monitor his workload. Gary Payton is starting in place of Bryant in this one.
News: Bryant put up 18 points (7-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 151-131 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Washington had been limiting Bryant's playing time in his first seven games back from the foot injury that sidelined him for more than a month, but Tuesday's minutes load represented by far his highest total since his return. He took advantage of the extended run to record his first double-double since late November, an encouraging sign for fantasy managers who have held Bryant through his injury and the lean stat lines that he initially delivered upon returning. The impending return of Rui Hachimura (groin) will leave less playing time to go around in the Washington frontcourt, but Ian Mahinmi may be a likelier candidate than Bryant to see his role downsized in that scenario.
News: Bryant scored 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds in 18 minutes during Sunday's 152-133 loss at Atlanta.
Impact: Bryant was one of the Wizards' best players in the first month of the season, but since returning from injury earlier this month, he's experienced a considerable decrease in minutes -- just 16.7 per game in seven January contests. He's posted only 7.9 points per game during that stretch, so he's trending in the wrong direction for fantasy purposes.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Saturday that Wagner (ankle) has resumed running and is taking part in conditioning work, but the big man has yet to receive clearance to practice.
Impact: Meanwhile, Brooks noted that rookie Rui Hachimura (groin) has returned to full practice and could be available for game action by the end of the upcoming week. With Brooks acknowledging that Wagner's potential return is further away, fantasy managers who have been stashing the second-year center out of Michigan during his extended absence shouldn't expect him back before early February at the soonest. Wagner has been out since Dec. 10 with a sprained left ankle.
News: Pasecniks pitched in four points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes during Thursday's 124-112 win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: Pasecniks returned to the rotation following a two-game absence with a sprained ankle and saw limited minutes as expected. With Thomas Bryant re-entering the starting lineup and Rui Hachimura (groin) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) likely to be back in the fold soon, Pasecniks may have a hard time carving out double-digit minutes on a nightly basis going forward, though he remains a potential dart-throw target heading into Sunday's matchup against Atlanta.
News: Bryant is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cavs.
Impact: Bryant has only started two of five games since returning from injury, but he'll be back in the lineup Thursday after coming off the bench in each of the last two contests. Thus far, the Wizards have limited Bryant's workload, as he's topped 20 minutes just once since returning.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Pasecniks (ankle) will be available Thursday against the Cavaliers, though he will be on a minutes limit.
Impact: Pasecniks has been cleared to return after missing the past two games due to a sprained left ankle. In his two games prior to getting injured, the big man posted averages of 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist in 20.5 minutes per tilt.
News: Pasecniks (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.
Impact: Pasecniks is dealing with a sprained left ankle and has missed the past two games as a result. The big man will likely go through his pregame routine before his availability is determined.
News: Wagner (ankle) has been cleared for non-contact activities, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While this is an important step in Wagner's recovery, it still could be "a couple of weeks" until he returns to games. More information on his timetable should emerge as he continues to his various milestones in his recovery.
News: Pasecniks (ankle) will remain out Wednesday against the Heat.
Impact: It'll be the second straight absence for Pasecniks, who's dealing with a sprained left ankle. Expect Thomas Bryant and Ian Mahinmi to continue to see most of the minutes at center, while Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Troy Brown hold down the frontcourt.
News: Pasecniks (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Miami.
Impact: Pasecniks missed Monday's clash with a left ankle issue, and his status remains in question heading into his team's next matchup. He'll be re-evaluated closer to tipoff to determine his availability.
News: Bryant had 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 22 minutes off the bench in Monday's 106-100 win over the Pistons.
Impact: The Wizards opted to move Bryant back to the bench after he started at power forward in the previous two games, but he actually saw an increase in playing time. Bryant played 22 minutes -- up from 12 and 16, respectively, over his last two outings. His five turnovers dimmed some of the impact of his production, but it's at least encouraging for Bryant's fantasy managers that his playing time is on the rise.
News: Mahinmi had 21 points (9-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist in 23 minutes Monday in the Wizards' 106-100 win over the Pistons.
Impact: The performance was easily one of the best of the season for Mahinmi, who continues to start at center even with Thomas Bryant having since returned from a foot injury. The efficiency from the field in particular was impressive from Mahinmi, but he shouldn't be expected to replicate this sort of output on the offensive end moving forward. Moreover, the likelihood that Bryant gradually moves into a 30-minute role would suppress Mahinmi's chances of making a consistent impact.
News: Bryant will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Bryant will return to the bench after two consecutive starts. He remains on a minutes limit and has averaged just 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game since returning from an extended absence due to a stress reaction. Until he's relieved of the minutes restriction, Bryant's best avoided in DFS formats.
News: Pasecniks (ankle) will be held out of Monday's game against the Pistons.
Impact: Pasecniks will miss his first game since sustaining an ankle injury during Friday's game against Toronto. Considering the team has yet to elaborate on a possible timeline for the rookie center, the injury can continue to be considered a day-to-day matter. Look for Jonathan Williams to see a minor boost in minutes until Pasecniks' able to return.
News: The Wizards list Pasecniks as questionable for Monday's game against the Pistons with a sprained left ankle.
Impact: Pasecniks presumably picked up the injury Friday, when he poured in 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 FT) and six rebounds in a 140-111 loss to the Raptors. The rookie is now third on the depth chart at center with Thomas Bryant and Ian Mahinmi both healthy, so his potential absence Monday wouldn't loom too large.
News: Bryant will start Wednesday's game against Chicago, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite the fact that he's playing under a 16-to-18 minute restriction, Bryant will snag the start alongside Ian Mahinmi Wednesday. He totaled eight points, three rebounds and one assist Sunday against Utah, his first game back from an extended absence due to a foot injury.
News: Bryant will have a minutes restriction for Wednesday's contest against Chicago, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Bryant is working his way back from a foot injury that kept him sidelined for 20 straight games. The former Indiana Hoosier returned to the floor Sunday against Utah and posted eight points in 15 minutes of action. It's reported that Bryant will roughly see something similar, namely 16 to 18 minutes in Wednesday's matchup despite being in the starting lineup.
News: Mahinmi racked up 15 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 127-116 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Mahinmi finished with a career high in assists while producing an extremely well-rounded and efficient stat line. Thomas Bryant (foot) returned to the lineup following a six-game absence but did so in a reserve role and is expected to be eased back into the flow slowly. As a result, Mahinmi may be in line to earn another sizable share of minutes during Wednesday's matchup versus the Bulls.
News: Bryant totaled eight points (4-6 FG), three rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes during Sunday's 127-116 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Bryant returned to the lineup following a six-week absence with a stress reaction in his right foot and saw limited minutes as expected. It's unclear how long it will take for Bryant to reclaim his spot as the starting center, so if possible fantasy owners may want to consider other options in the short-term.
News: Bryant (foot) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Jazz, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Since Bryant has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a stress reaction in his right foot, he'll be eased back into action with a limited role on the second unit, according to coach Scott Brooks. Since Brooks wasn't willing to put a number on Bryant's minutes count, the 22-year-old probably won't be worth activating just yet in most season-long leagues or using in DFS contests. Bryant will likely need at least a few games to get his conditioning in order and work his way back to a full minutes load as Washington's starting center, but his multi-category upside makes him worth holding in every format until he's restriction-free.
News: Williams agreed Sunday to re-sign with the Wizards on a two-way contract, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Cut loose by the Wizards earlier this month, Williams will rejoin the organization after it opened up one of its two-way slots by converting Anzejs Pasecniks' deal to a standard NBA contract. While Williams' two-way pact will only allow him to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level, he should join the parent club right away with up to six players in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Jazz due to injury. Williams previously appeared in five games and made four starts at power forward for the Wizards, averaging 4.2 points (on 64.3 percent shooting from the floor) to go with 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18.4 minutes.
News: The Wizards converted Pasecnik's two-way deal into a standard NBA contract Sunday, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: After inking his two-way deal Dec. 17, the 2017 first-round pick was immediately plugged into the NBA rotation, as injuries to big men Thomas Bryant (foot), Moritz Wagner (ankle), Rui Hachimura (groin) and Davis Bertans (quadriceps) forced Washington to rely heavily on Pasecniks. The 7-foot-1 center acquitted himself well in his initial exposure to the NBA, averaging 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.1 minutes per game over his first 13 appearances. He'll now be locked into a spot on the 15-man roster for the rest of the season, but with Bertans back in action and Bryant closing in on a return, Pasecniks' playing time will likely take a hit in the weeks to come.
News: Bryant (foot) is questionable for Sunday's tilt with Utah, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant was able to practice Saturday and appears to be nearing a return from a 20-game absence due to right foot inflammation. That said, he shouldn't be labeled a sure bet to play as his final availability will likely come down to how he responds to pre-game warmups.
News: Bryant (foot) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Late last week, Bryant indicated that he hoped to be back in the mix within the next seven days, but it looks as though he'll miss at least one more contest. The big man hasn't been in the lineup since Dec. 1 due to a right foot injury.
News: Pasecniks tallied 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 35 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 123-89 loss at the Magic.
Impact: It was the highest number of minutes the 24-year-old received in a single game, and he made the most of it by scoring most of his opportunities inside the paint. The impending return of Thomas Bryant (foot) likely limits Pasecniks' time on the court, but stat lines like these do provide substantial evidence as to why he is deserving of an NBA roster spot.
News: Mahinmi (finger) has been upgraded to available for Monday's game against the Celtics, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: Mahinmi's finger apparently feels better as the veteran center's been cleared to play Monday. He'll presumably return to the starting five, where he's averaging 7.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.4 minutes in 12 games.
News: Mahinmi is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Celtics due to a right finger injury.
Impact: The nature of the injury is unclear, but it's apparently enough of a concern that Mahinmi could miss a game or two. The veteran has started every game since Dec. 14, when the Wizards lost Thomas Bryant to injury.
News: Head coach Scott Brooks is optimistic that Bryant (foot) will be back in one week, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant has been practicing with Washington's G League team while on the mend from right foot inflammation, and while this timetable certainly isn't concrete at this point, it's a sign that he's nearing a return to action. He'll likely need to participate in 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 portions of practice before getting the green light.
News: Bryant (foot) will practice in the G League on Thursday and then will be immediately recalled to the NBA.
Impact: Bryant returned to practice for the first time Friday, and it appears the organization wants him to get some extra run with the G League squad. He remains without a timetable for a return, though more information could emerge after the practice.
News: Wagner (ankle) could remain out another three weeks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wagner hasn't shedded his walking boot yet, as it's reported that the Michigan product will have it on at least another week. Coach Scott Brooks mentioned Tuesday that once the boot is removed, Wagner will likely need another 10 to 14 days to fully recover, pushing a possible return to a total of three weeks. Wagner hasn't played since logging 26 minutes against Charlotte on Dec. 10, a span of nine straight games. The 2018 first-round selection was averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds prior to his ankle injury.
News: Pasecniks pitched in with two points (1-2 FG, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes during Monday's 123-105 win over the Heat.
Impact: Pasecniks finished with career highs in rebounding, assists and blocks despite his modest minute total. Once Thomas Bryant (foot) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) return Pasecniks will likely be an afterthought in the rotation, but until then the rookie big man should continue to receive decent minutes off the bench.
News: Mahinmi produced 25 points (10-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-8 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in 28 minutes during Monday's 123-105 win over the Heat.
Impact: Mahinmi finished with a career high scoring total while missing only one field goal attempt and contributing across every category. With Moritz Wagner (ankle) and Thomas Bryant (foot) sidelined Mahinmi continues to hold down the fort as the starting center, affording him decent value as a dart throw in daily leagues. Still, with Wagner and Bryant nearing their returns to the rotation, Mahinmi may only be worth targeting for another couple contests.
News: Wagner (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Wagner continues to recover from the left ankle sprain and will miss his ninth straight contest. Ian Mahinmi should continue to start at center since Thomas Bryant (foot) is also still sidelined.
News: Williams will start Saturday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: In just his second game with the Wizards, Williams will get the nod over Admiral Schofield. In his Washington debut, Williams posted nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes.
News: Bryant (foot) participated at Friday's practice, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant was first seen out of his walking boot last weekend and has now progressed to working at practice, indicating he's trending in the right direction. The 22-year-old was originally given a three-week recovery timeline which has since passed, so he has no official timetable for his return. According to Katz, coach Scott Brooks said Bryant is "still some time away" from returning, likely keeping him out for the next couple weeks.
News: Pasecniks had 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-4 FT) and three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench during Monday's 121-115 win at the Knicks.
Impact: Pasecniks has seen a decent amount of playing time due to the numerous injuries on Washington's frontcourt, and he has taken the most of that advantage since he produced his best scoring output of the season here. His playing should reduce as soon as other regular members of the rotation begin to heal, but the should have decent upside at least on a short-term scenario.
News: Bryant is out of his boot and progressing well in his return from a stress reaction in his right foot, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Bryant remains without a firm timetable for return, the fact that he's progressed to the point where he's out of the walking boot is a good sign. He'll need to make his way through several steps in practice before he's able to return to game action but could be within two weeks of a return. Look for an update from the team to come when Bryant eventually makes his way back to practice, which could happen as early as this coming week.
News: Pasecniks posted 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes during Saturday's 125-108 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Pasecniks had his best scoring performance through three appearances, and the rookie has combined to log 64 minutes in his first three games. With Thomas Bryant (foot) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) both expected to remain sidelined for a bit going forward, Pasecniks will likely see decent minutes once again during Monday's tilt against the Knicks.
News: Mahinmi managed seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 19 minutes during Saturday's 125-108 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Mahinmi came to close to posting a double-double while contributing across every statistical category. He continues to hold down the fort as the starting center with Thomas Bryant (foot) and Moritz Wagner (ankle) sidelined, but even with all the injuries Mahinmi is merely a mediocre option in deeper leagues.
News: Wagner (ankle) is out for a least one week, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rather than continue to label Wagner as day-to-day, the Wizards have decided to rule him out for a week in advance as a result of his sprained left ankle. In his absence, Ian Mahinmi, Davis Bertans, Admiral Schofield and Isaac Bonga all remain candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Wagner (ankle) will be held out of Saturday's tilt with the 76ers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wagner will miss his fifth-straight game as he continues to rehab from a left ankle sprain. Ian Mahinmi should continue to start in Wagner's place.
News: Wagner is out for Friday's game against the Raptors.
Impact: A sprained left ankle will keep Wagner on the shelf for a fourth straight matchup. His next chance to play arrives Saturday against the 76ers.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Pasecniks will likely play Wednesday against the Bulls, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With the Wizards dealing with a myriad of injuries to their frontcourt, it sounds like Pasecniks could make his NBA debut Wednesday against Chicago. He's appeared in 12 games with the Capital City Go Go this season, posting averages of 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 21.4 minutes.
News: Wagner (ankle) is out for Wednesday's game against Chicago.
Impact: Wagner will miss his third straight game due to an ankle issue. He'll have an opportunity to return Frida in Toronto.
News: Wagner (ankle) won't play in Monday's game against Detroit, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: As expected, Wagner will miss a second-straight game due to an unspecified ankle injury. Ian Mahinmi figures to continue to start in place of Wagner, who's without a firm timeline for return.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Wagner (ankle) is "most likely out" for Monday's game at Detroit, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old sat out of Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies and didn't practice Sunday due to the ankle injury. Ian Mahinmi is set to receive another start at center in Wagner's expected absence.
News: Mahinmi will start Saturday's matchup against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Mahinmi will make the start due to Thomas Bryant (foot) and Mo Wagner (ankle) being sidelined. In 98 career games as a starter, Mahinmi has averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.9 minutes.
News: Wagner (ankle) will not participate in Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: An ankle issue has kept Wagner out of practice and will now cause him to miss a game as well. Ian Mahinmi will be the Wizards' only available center for Saturday's contest.
News: Wagner did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: The extent of Wagner's injury isn't clear, and he should be considered questionable for now ahead of Saturday's game against the Grizzlies. If he misses time, Ian Mahinmi and Troy Brown could see extra run.
News: Wagner amassed just seven points and six rebounds in 18 minutes during Sunday's 135-119 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Wagner started once again for the Wizards but managed little during the loss. It was not a good night for Wagner, who was simply outmatched on both ends of the floor. He appears locked in as the starter as long as Thomas Bryant (foot) is sidelined and should still be rostered in nearly all formats.
News: Mahinmi produced nine points (4-4 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 18 minutes during Sunday's 135-119 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Mahinmi had his best game of the season Sunday, outplaying Mo Wagner, who remained in the starting unit. Mahinmi has been a non-factor thus far this season and this would appear to be more of a matchup-based highlight. Mahinmi has the ability to collect blocks and rebounds in bunches, but the playing time is typically far too low. Wagner should continue to start and with a favorable matchup against the Hornets, Mahinmi could revert back to his normal production.
News: Mahinmi (rest) isn't included on the Wizards' injury report for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Mahinmi sat out the Wizards' previous game Friday against the Heat, which was the second half of a back-to-back set. Washington may continue to rest the veteran occasionally throughout the season as a measure to manage his workload coming off an Achilles injury that sidelined him earlier in the campaign, but he looks poised to serve as the backup to Moritz Wagner in most games while Thomas Bryant (foot) is likely out through around mid-January.
News: Wagner tallied 19 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes during Friday's 112-103 loss to the Heat.
Impact: Wagner played a season-high 31 minutes Friday, falling just one rebound short of his third double-double of the season. Wagner is going to be the starting center for the Wizards for at least the next three weeks. He has been a 12-team asset even with Thomas Bryant (foot) on the floor and so the speculation is that he could be a mid-round player moving forward. Make sure he isn't available in your league.
News: Mahinmi was ruled out for Friday's game against the Heat to manage his Achilles injury.
Impact: The 33-year-old made his season debut in Thursday's win over the 76ers and had seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes, but he apparently isn't ready to play both halves of a back-to-back set while coming off the Achilles injury. Moritz Wagner, Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans figure to handle the bulk of the frontcourt work Friday for the Wizards, while Mahinmi will return to the fold Sunday versus the Clippers.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) logged 13 minutes off the bench in Thursday's 119-113 win over the 76ers, finishing with seven points (2-5 FG, 3-4 FT) and five rebounds.
Impact: Mahinmi looked good in his first action of the season after an Achilles injury kept him sidelined for the first 19 games. He could see a slight uptick in playing time once the injury is further in the rear-view mirror, but the 7-13 Wizards will likely turn to Moritz Wagner to handle the bulk of the minutes at center while starter Thomas Bryant (foot) is sidelined into January. The Wizards will wrap up a back-to-back set Friday in Miami, so Mahinmi could be a candidate to sit out as part of a load-management program.
News: Wagner put up five points (2-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in a victory over the 76ers on Thursday.
Impact: As the only center option besides Ian Mahinmi on the roster while Thomas Bryant (foot) remains out for multiple weeks, Wagner could see a sizable role. Going into this game, the second-year big man was hitting an extraordinary amount of his two-point attempts, shooting 69.8 percent from two, and 60.8 percent from the field. He was also swishing 43.2 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. The shooting numbers seem unsustainable (as evidenced by his 0-of-4 showing from deep in this game), but even if they come down, Wagner is worth a look in almost all formats while Bryant is sidelined.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is available Thursday against the 76ers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Mahinmi has been cleared to make his season debut after missing the first 19 games with an Achilles injury. He should serve as the team's backup center while Thomas Bryant (foot) is on the mend.
News: Wagner (ankle) will play Thursday against the 76ers, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: After practicing Wednesday with no issues, Wagner has been cleared to return following a two-game absence due to a sprained left ankle. With starting center Thomas Bryant (foot) unavailable, Wagner should be in line for a healthy dosage of minutes so long as his ankle holds up.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
Impact: Mahinmi has yet to play this season due to a right Achilles strain, though he resumed practicing last week and appears to be nearing a return. His status should clear up closer to tip-off.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Wagner's (ankle) status for Thursday's game against the 76ers is up in the air, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. He is officially listed as questionable.
Impact: Wagner has missed the past two games due to a sprained left ankle, and while he was able to participate in Wednesday's light practice session, his availability for the team's upcoming back-to-back set remains in question.
News: Wagner (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Washington will be without their top three centers Tuesday night, as Thomas Bryant (foot), Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) and Wagner have all been ruled out. There's a good chance Rui Hachimura sees a healthy dose of minutes at center as a result.
News: Bryant has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot and is set to be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Impact: Bryant has played in every game this season for Washington, so this news came out of the blue. He'll miss at least three weeks while rehabbing, though likely longer to get back into game shape. With Bryant out of commission, look for Davis Bertans, Moritz Wagner (ankle) and Isaac Bonga to get more minutes in the frontcourt.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Mahinmi will miss another game while on the mend from a right Achilles strain. He resumed practicing with Capital City nearly one week ago and appears to be closing in on a return, though an exact timetable has yet to be revealed.
News: Wagner (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Orlando.
Impact: Wagner was held out of Sunday's matchup due to a left ankle sprain, but he'll have a chance to get back out there Tuesday if all goes well leading up to tip. The team should have another update on his status in the near future.
News: Wagner (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Impact: Wagner was considered questionable due to the left ankle sprain but won't be able to play Sunday. Isaac Bonga could see increased run with the Wizards now short on frontcourt depth.
News: Wagner is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Clippers due to a left ankle sprain, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wagner has been playing superbly this season, posting double figures offensively in seven of the last nine games. However, it appears as though the center is experiencing left ankle pain and, as a result, is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup.
News: Bryant had 23 points (9-11 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 win at Phoenix.
Impact: Bryant has scored in double digits in all but one game this season, although he topped the 20-point mark just for the second time in his last eight contests. He is not the Wizards' go-to guy on offense due to the presence of Beal, but his constant involvement on the offensive scheme gives him a decent amount of upside despite the opponent.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) has been practicing with the G League's Capital City Go-Go this week amid Washington's two-game road trip, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Mahinmi is working back from a right Achilles' strain, which sidelined him for all of training camp, the preseason and the first month of the regular season. The 33-year-old is now nearing a return to the court, but due to the extensive time he missed, he may be sidelined for at least a few more contests while he aims to regain conditioning. Once cleared for his 2019-20 debut, Mahinmi will likely slot in as the third-string center behind Thomas Bryant and Moritz Wagner.
News: Wagner tallied 12 points (6-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 11 rebounds and four assists in Sunday's 113-106 loss to the Kings.
Impact: In five of his last six games, Wagner has reached double-digit scoring and two double-doubles. The 22-year-old's shooting has been terrific this season, and has converted on 63.2 percent of his field goals and 48.6 percent of his three-point shots. Due to his recent strong play, Wagner could work his way into more playing time, as he is currently averaging 18.9 minutes per game.
News: Bryant had 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 defeat against the Kings.
Impact: Bryant has grabbed double-digit rebounds just once in his last seven outings after opening the 2019-20 season with five double-doubles in his first seven games. His numbers have come down to earth after a stronger-than-expected start to the season, but he should remain as one of Washington's most productive players moving forward.
News: Mahinmi (Achilles) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Mahinmi has been sidelined since late September with a strained right Achilles' tendon and remains without a concrete timeline for a return. Even when he's healthy again, Mahinmi seems unlikely to be a regular member of coach Scott Brooks' rotation with Moritz Wagner thriving as the top backup to starting center Thomas Bryant.
News: Bryant had 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds and one block in 34 minutes during Friday's 125-118 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Bryant posted his first double-double since early November while topping the 20-point mark just for the third time this season. Bryant is clearly a secondary scoring option in a team that also features Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura and Isaiah Thomas, but he is producing more than enough to remain fantasy relevant going forward.