Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Washington Wizards Are A Team to Watch Out For

Let me start off by saying the Wizards are a team to look out for, for the 2013-14 season. Why? A healthy John Wall, recently signed to a 5 year, $80 million extension, also coming off a great performance, trying out for Team USA, with his best highlight being insane put back slam off of a Klay Thompson miss.

24-25 and 5-28, records with and without John Wall last season. The Wizards were, at the time, an atrocious 5-28 before John Wall came back from a stress fracture in his right knee and ended up finishing the season on a strong point, with a record of 24-25, giving teams a warning for next season. During the 2012-13 season, John Wall averaged 18.5 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.0 RPG and 1.3 SPG on 44.1% from the field, also finishing with a PER of 20.91, which was 6th amongst all PG's in the NBA, improving over his previous 2 seasons.

One game in particular, where John Wall's potential output in the future could look like was a 47 point game against the Memphis Grizzlies; a game in which John Wall utterly dominated the Grizzlies, who have one of the best, if not the best defense in the NBA, lead by Tony Allen and 2012-13 DPOY, Marc Gasol.

As well as improving his performance from previous seasons, John Wall improves his teammates play as well, particularly Bradley Beal. Beal shot 36.7% from the field and 32.3% from three-point range while Wall was injured and 46.8% from the floor and 46.6% from distance once he came back. Even though Bradley Beal didn't win ROY, Wall turned his whole season around, showcasing what the Wizards backcourt will look like for years ahead.

John Wall and Bradley Beal highlight a Wizards backcourt that also has PG Eric Maynor, SG Garrett Temple and swingmen, Martell Webster and Glen Rice Jr., that looks to make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season. Apart from their backcourt, the Wizards latest top draftee in Otto Porter Jr. adds exactly what the Wizards needed: a SF that can do a little bit of everything. Even though John Wall said he wanted Anthony Bennett, who got taken 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, I'm sure he'll "settle" for Otto Porter Jr. Porter Jr. is a player that teams like the Wizards covet because of his all-around skill

He may not have the best potential but he's a sure-fire, 14-4-3 player, at least for his rookie year, that is if he beats Martell Webster for the starting SF spot. Other than Porter Jr. and Webster, Trevor Ariza is also going to contribute. Depth at SF is one thing the Wizards do not lack. The Wizards front court is made up of veterans Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario (that's his last name if y'all didn't know) that start,

and Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton, Kevin Seraphin and Jan Veseley comng off the bench. Booker, Singleton, Serpahin and Veseley all can develop into solid, if not great role players and potentially a starter for Jan Veseley, if he can keep on improving and show the Wizards why they entrusted him by drafting him 6th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. At this point in his career, he is more known for his infamous kiss with his girlfriend at the 2011 NBA Draft, following the Wizards selecting him.

The Wizards cap situation is looking great in the following years, with Okafor and Nene getting off the books in the next couple years. With that extra cap space, they can sign a marquee free agent, also with players wanting to play with a player like John Wall, who is a willing passer and amazing team player. From their startling line-up to their above average bench, the Washington Wizards are a team that are going to gain valuable playoff experience in the immediate future and contend for years to come in the long-term.

Beware NBA teams, the Wizards are here.

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