Preview: Washington Wizards

Preview: Washington Wizards


Preview: Washington Wizards

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STAYING: Bradley Beal, DeJuan Blair, Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, Nenê, Otto Porter, Ramon Sessions, Garrett Temple, John Wall and Martell Webster.

ADDED: Alan Anderson (Brooklyn), Jared Dudley (Milwaukee), Gary Neal (Minnesota) and Kelly Oubre (Kansas).

GONE: Rasual Butler (Free Agent), Will Bynum (Guangdong Southern Tigers), Paul Pierce (LA Clippers) and Kevin Seraphin (New York).

STRENGTHS: Terrific young backcourt with the ultra quick John Wall and sniper Bradley Beal … A one-man fast break, Wall has really developed his playmaking skills over the years and is already one of the top point guards in the game … He fits in well with a long-range shooter like Beal … They are both fantastic already, but far from peaking as NBA players … Solid big man duo in Marcin Gortat and Nenê … Above average team when it comes to outside shooting … Very strong rebounding squad that moves the ball well … Dangerous in the open court … Good combination of up-and-coming players and battle-tested veterans.

WEAKNESSES: Talent level is good, but not great … Who’s the No. 3 option on the team? … Looks like they will heavily rely on Wall and Beal again … If one of those two has injury problems (which has often been the case with Beal), Washington is in trouble … Questions at the small forward spot, especially with Paul Pierce gone … Third-year player Otto Porter will really have to step up … Outside of reserve Drew Gooden, they don’t have bigs that can stretch defenses with long-range shooting … Could Porter be forced to play that role? … Nenê’s durability will be a concern … Not much depth up front.

PREDICTION: 3rd in the Southwest Division / 7th in the Eastern Conference.


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