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2012-13 Washington Wizards

Team Needs, Free Agents, Season Preview

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Washington Bullets (Last Year: 29-53)

2012-13 Season Summary:
The year got off to an immediately rocky start when the face of the franchise, John Wall, suffered a knee injury that caused him to pretty much miss the first half of the season. When Wall returned to 100%, he played at an All-Star level the final two months of the season and was a huge reason the Wizards went through a stretch in March in which they won 11 of 19 games which was encouraging, but also killed their draft position.

Washington also found its backcourt mate of the future for Wall in rookie Bradley Beal, who battled through injuries of his own during the season, but ended up third among all rookies in scoring. His play also allowed the Wizards to trade away Jordan Crawford for next to nothing since Crawford's reputation of being selfish was not earning him many fans in the District.

Saying the frontcourt was average at best is probably giving it too much praise. Newly acquired Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza didn't add much to the equation and combined with Nene, eat up about $33.8 million of Washington's salary cap. You are not going to win many games when that trio is getting crazy money and not nearly living up to the expectations.

Speaking of not living up to expectations, the Wizards' 2011 draft class of Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton has been horrific. Both players took steps back from less than stellar rookie seasons to the point where Washington turned to journeymen Martell Webster and Cartier Martin. Webster had a rejuvenation of sorts, providing some offensive punch on the wing.

All in all, Washington managed to produce its highest win total in five seasons ... winning just 29 games.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: *Emeka Okafor/Kevin Seraphin

PF: Nene Hilario/Trevor Booker

SF: #Trevor Ariza/Chris Singleton/Jan Vesely

SG: Bradley Beal/^Garrett Temple

PG: John Wall

NBA Free Agents:

*C-Emeka Okafor (ETO)

#SF-Trevor Ariza (PO)

^SG-Garrett Temple (RFA)

SF-Martell Webster (UFA)

PF-Cartier Martin (UFA)

PG-A.J. Price (UFA)

C-Jason Collins (UFA)

SG-Leandro Barbosa (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $58.1 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Power Forward: The Wizards had to use a "twin towers" approach up front last season by starting Okafor and Nene. Both guys are more suited for the center position, but because the power forward play was so pathetic, that was the team's best option. Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker are more suited as role players off the bench, and with Okafor entering the final year of his contract, Washington needs to find an upgrade at the power forward position.

2. Scoring Small Forward: Ariza will also be a free agent next summer, and neither Singleton nor Vesely have shown any resemblance of being ready to take over this position in the future. Re-signing Webster is an option, but more of a short-term fix.

3. Guard Depth: The Wizards used a handful of guys to fill in for Wall when he was banged up or in a reserve role once he returned to full strength. It would be wise for Washington to find a more reliable option to play behind Wall. The same could be said about the shooting guard position and Beal.

4. Lock Up Wall: Wall is entering the final year of guaranteed money from his rookie contract and becomes a restricted free agent 12 months from now. He hasn't become an NBA superstar quite yet, but has shown flashes and is worth a max contract. There is no sense in playing around and waiting until next summer to see what happens, so Washington needs to jump the gun and lock up its franchise player.

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Bman32x 06-18-2013 02:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ahhh Wizards... Picking in the top 5 again. I agree with they definitely need a C/PF, but looking at this draft, going with BPA isn't a bad idea either with Otto Porter Jr. That way, Wizards add some depth, or they can parlay it into a draft day trade for the ultimately bigger needs.
Your Grandma 06-05-2013 09:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Wizards didn't kill their draft position because they got the THIRD pick in the draft lottery.
Caiden 11-12-2012 02:14 am (total posts: 2)
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You make things so clear. Thanks for tkanig the time!
Wesley C 10-19-2012 01:08 am (total posts: 1)
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So wait, if Atlanta, Orlando, Washington and Charlotte finish 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th in the conference respectively, does that mean the Heat clinch the Southeast Division by St. Patrick's Day?
Geiger 10-05-2012 01:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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Washington has done a great job of building a quality team that can contend for the 8th seed..the only problem is that they have no room to get better. They sold their future to appease the fan bases want of winning now..I hope this isnt the case, but the Wizards are going to be in contention for nothing more then a low seed and an early exit from the playoffs.
Mohamed 07-25-2012 12:16 am (total posts: 2)
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I like the way it is.If you lose you get a better cacnhe at winning the top pick but it's still only a cacnhe.For this reason you can tank you season to improve your cacnhes but as most teams find out it is certainly no gaurantee of the top spot.The teams that feel they got ripped (Boston, Memphis, Milwaukee) need to realise that for example Boston only had a 38.7 percent cacnhe of getting the number one or two pick.Odds are they weren't going to get one of them, so there's no reason to feel entitled to the one or two spot just because they sucked.The systems seems very fair to me and I certainly can't think of anything better!
Ridiculous. 06-28-2012 10:07 pm (total posts: 6)
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Neither Nene nor Okafor can play PF. Booker has earned his spot and both Nene/Okafor have injury problems.

It will be:


To say otherwise is to just not be paying attention.
Listen Up 06-28-2012 09:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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Real Wizards fans would already know that the line-up has already been set. THIS IS OFFICIAL BARRING INJURY:

1- Wall
2- Beal
3 - Ariza
4- Okafor
5 - Nene

Lineup 06-28-2012 07:56 pm (total posts: 6)
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h 06-27-2012 12:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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Vesely 06-25-2012 03:37 pm (total posts: 6)
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Come on Walt, learn something about teams before putting this crap up. Vesely is not now, nor is he likely to be, the starting PF.

The starting PF for the Wizards is going to be Trevor Booker. It's really that simple. He's been very good his first two years and has earned his spot. With Wittman willing to play the best players, instead of the high picks/supposed stars, Booker will keep his well earned PF spot.
Depth Chart 06-21-2012 03:27 am (total posts: 6)
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It should look more like this:

C- Nene/Okafor/Seraphin
PF- Booker/Seraphin/Vesely
SF- Ariza/Singleton/Vesely

If you insist on just one spot per player, then it's:

C- Nene/Okafor
PF- Booker/Seraphin/Vesely
SF- Ariza/Singleton

Either way, you must have Booker as the starting PF. He's earned the spot and is still improving.

This trade definitely points to Beal as the 3rd pick.
Jay 06-11-2012 01:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Beal or Kidd-Gilchrist should be the selection. I think Beal would be a better fit but I wouldn't pass on Gilchrist if he's available.
Robinson? 06-08-2012 01:00 pm (total posts: 6)
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You've got Nene who is a proven post player, Booker who has earned a starting PF spot and is still improving, Seraphin who has the best inside shooting touch of the bunch and plays both PF and C, and Vesely who is a PF that was taken 6th overall just last year.

It would be idiotic to take another short PF (he's really 6'8") when two of the MKG/Beal/Barnes trio will be available, actually fill needs, and aren't vastly overrated off of a good junior season after being nothing for two years.

Picking Robinson would confirm that Grunfeld is completely incompetent.
Thomas Robinson 06-01-2012 06:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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Take him without hesitation with the 3rd pick. 18 points and 17 boards in the Championship against #1 pick Anthony Davis. Leading Rebounder in the NCAA per 40 minute basis. Runner up in player of the year voting his first season starting. Carried mediocre Kansas team to the NCAA championship. Will measure around 6'7 without shoes, slightly below Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. Might be a good thing because it will force him to fight for opportunities, make him more of a force in the low post and focus his game on rebounding.

I think this guy is a perfect fit. DC native, is taking care of his little sister who lives in the area. Throttles people out of the low post, was leaping over Jared Sullinger for rebounds when they played eachother, husteles every second on the floor. I haven't seen a player dominate in the low post for DC in a decade, real excited about Robinson. I think the Bobcats will go with Kidd-Gilchrist at 2. If not they take him and trade off Singleton and Vesely for some help in the low post, somebody like Arnett Moultrie later in the 1st would be fine.

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