Following the news that John Wall would miss a month of the regular season with a left knee injury, the Wizards signed Pargo a day before the start of training camp for additional depth. Wall’s injury created not only the opportunity for playing time but intense competition between Pargo, Mack and A.J. Price, who ultimately secured the starting spot heading into the season opener.
Pargo, 33, wasn’t a model of consistency over five exhibition contests — he averaged 7.6 points while recording as many turnovers as assists (16). But his nine years of experience may be why he beat out Mack for the backup point guard role.
Mack, who the Wizards selected with the 34th overall pick in 2011, served as Wall’s primary backup as a rookie in 2011-12 when he appeared in 64 contests, averaging 3.6 points, 2.0 assists and 12.2 minutes per game. But then Mack struggled in summer league play, prompting the Wizards to bring in Price on a guaranteed deal. Despite some improvement and recording 4.1 points and 2.8 assists over eight preseason contests, Mack continued to show growing pains when handed the keys to the offense.
Okafor ready to go
Wittman said he expects Okafor to be ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in their regular season opener on Tuesday. Okafor sat out the preseason finale Friday against the San Antonio Spurs after injuring his right shoulder in practice the day before.
There’s no change in the status of Wall (left knee), Nene (plantar fasciitis) or Kevin Seraphin (right calf).
As the mid-Atlantic region made final preparations and braced for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Wizards made an adjustment of their own to avoid the severe storm.