The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Basketball in the nation's capital has been scared since the days of Gilbert Arenas, yet brighter times may be approaching. After a 29-53 record last season the team has made some roster moves that seem to have built a stronger foundation for future endeavors.
Locking John Wall into a long term contract was the first step that the Washington Wizards had to take if they were going to improve this season. He started off much of last year hurt but finished up with 18.5 points and 7.6 assists per game. With Bradley Beal and Nene as two weapons that can play off of Wall, the Wizards have built a core around their franchise player. Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza offer some viable options in the scoring department but the entire roster will have to step up in order to provide Wall with additional support.
The Wizards did have some bright spots last year in the fact that they were a sound defensive team. They held opponents to 95.8 points per game which was 8th among all teams and earned 43.2 rebounds every outing which ranked 9th. This was more of a team effort however as no one player earned more than 10 rebounds per outing. Emeka Okafor led the team with 8.8 so it will be interesting to see if the team can find a way to improve in this area as well.
The return of John Wall was a major catalyst for the Wizards who have the opportunity to breach the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-2008 year. He only played in 49 games last year so his health is a driving factor with how far this team can go. Due to some of the changes that other teams have made in the East, the Wizards have a strong chance to move into the eighth spot in the conference.
Projected Started Lineup with 2012-2013 stats
John Wall: 18.5 PPG, 7.6 APG
Bradley Beal: 13.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG
Martell Webster: 11.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Nene Hilario: 12.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG
Emeka Okafor: 9.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG
6th in Eastern Conference