When it’s all said and done, Gary Neal should emerge as the most reliable player for the Wizards off the bench this upcoming season. The Baltimore native has averaged between 9.5-11.8 points per game over his seven-year career with the majority of his playing time coming off the bench. Neal has a nice jump shot and is more than capable of knocking down open three-pointers; something the Wizards have never really had in a backup point guard.
In addition to his scoring, Neal has big-game experience. Neal played on the Spurs for the first three years of his career and although he wasn’t part of their championship team, he does have finals experience and has played deep into the playoffs.
I do think Alan Anderson will provide key scoring off the bench for the second unit which often had issues scoring last season. However, Neal is the better all around player, which should benefit this team more over the long haul.