NBA Previews: Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards had another disappointing season last year, finishing 20-46 (winning their last six, however). They are a young and athletic team and some people have them entering the playoffs as the eighth seed this season. However, their superstar John Wall is out for two months. He will miss about the first month of the season which could prove to be detrimental.

Can John Wall come back from injury and lead the Wizards to the playoffs?

Key Free Agent Acquisitions

Good: None

Bad: None

Key Losses to Free Agency

Good:

Andray Blatche– The Wizards did not lose Blatche to free agency, but they did use their amnesty clause on him. Blatche has attitude problems and is not a hard worker but when he plays to his ability, he plays well. He is a big body but for a team with a lot of young players, a headache is not what you need in the locker room.

Bad: None

Re-Signings: None

Draft/Trades

Bradley Beal– With their third overall pick, the Wizards selected Bradley Beal out of Florida. He is a great pick for Washington and should become their starting two guard. As of now, he will be competing with Jordan Crawford for the starting position. Beal should have the spot solely his by the end of the season.

Tomas Satoransky– The Wizards used their 32nd overall pick on the Czech native. Satoransky is a big point guard at 6’7. However, he will most likely be in Europe for a season or two developing. Do not be surprised if he does not make a name for himself in the NBA.

Rashard Lewis to New Orleans– The Wizards traded Rashard Lewis and a 2012 second round pick (Darius Miller) to the Hornets for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. The acquisition of Ariza and Okafor will help more on the defensive side of the ball than offense, but the Wizards will welcome them with open arms. Both men, however, make over $20 million combined this year.

Prediction

The Washington Wizards did a great job picking up Bradley Beal third overall at the draft this year. They made some defensive improvements with the acquisitions of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. However, their superstar point guard, John Wall, is out for two months with a stress injury on his left patella. The one month he is expected to miss to start the season will hurt the Wizards chances of squeaking into the postseason. I have them finishing third in the Southeast division and tenth in the Eastern Conference.

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  1. Giving up on Blatche was tough. He has many issues but I think he would thrive on a veteran influenced team. Not too sure the Nets was a good fit for him. Blatche needs someone to get in his grill to get the best out of him.

  2. Avery Johnson is a tough coach. I think he can do that to Blatche. Washington needed to move on and they did.

  3. I’m very interested to see Okafor playing at a more realistic 4 spot alongside Nene.
    Wall is one of my favorite players in the league. I hope he and Beal mesh well.
    I got a bit of a chuckle when Cleveland didn’t get him in the draft and picked Waiters. (They got their big break last year with the #1 AND #4 pick.)
    Irving is tops in my book, I just don’t like how Dan Gilbert reacted to “The Decision”. Made him look like a douche.

    Also new Cavs unis/colors look God-awful.

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