John Wall Era Officially Begins Against Orlando Magic

The Washington Wizards will start off their 2010-2011 season against the Orlando Magic on October 28. A few thoughts on the game…

  • It’s in Orlando’s brand new Amway Center, meaning the fans are going to be even more hyped up than usual, and so will the Magic players
  • There’s a good chance Washington will start the season without Josh Howard, so Al Thornton may have to log major minutes. That could be an issue, and I’d rather the Wizards utilize Yi Jianlian since he’s a near seven-footer like Orlando’s small forward, Rashard Lewis
  • Jameer Nelson is a scrappy defender who could force John Wall into making rookie mistakes. In terms of scoring the ball, however, Nelson won’t be able to contain Wall
  • Gilbert Arenas vs. Vince Carter is an intriguing matchup because rumors were swirling for weeks that the two would be swapped earlier in the offseason. Now is Arenas’s chance to prove such a trade would’ve been foolish for Washington
  • On Monday’s post, I mentioned that JaVale McGee and Hilton Armstrong aren’t nearly strong enough to stop guys like Dwight Howard. Well, that theory will be put to the test earlier than I thought. I’m anxious to see how McGee holds up. If he lets Howard go nuts, the Magic will win this game in a blowout

The fan in me wants to support the Wizards through the thick and thin and pick them to win this game. All reasonable logic would point to the opposite, however. Orlando is a title contender playing their season opener at home in a brand new arena against a young, inexperienced team. That sounds like a blowout win, but hey, this is the start of the John Wall era, so I’m staying optimistic no matter what.

On August 10, the Wizards’ full schedule is released. I’ll break it down and predict Washington’s record at that time.

Topics: Al Thornton, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Gilbert Arenas Trade, Hilton Armstrong, Jameer Nelson, Javale Mcgee, John Wall, John Wall Debut, Orlando Magic, Season Opener, Vince Carter, Washington Wizards, Wizards Magic, Yi Jianlian

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