Sun-N-Gun, FanSided’s Phoenix Suns site, did an improvement rankings for each division in the NBA. I helped contribute to the Southeast division by summarizing the Washington Wizards’ off-season thus far. To view the entire improvement rankings on Sun-N-Gun, click here.
Unlike last season, the Washington Wizards didn’t wait until the last minute to fill holes in their roster. Instead of picking up scraps, Washington addressed their off-season needs in swift motion, acquiring a backup point guard and retaining Martell Webster, who was reportedly their first priority in free-agency. Eric Maynor is viewed as an upgrade over A.J. Price, and Webster is certainly a key piece which helped change the culture in the nation’s capital last season. The Wizards were the worst offensive team in the league last year, and adding Maynor and Webster could potentially help them in that aspect of the game.
We’re used to the Wizards shuffling their deck of cards virtually every season, making it impossible for the team to establish continuity. For the first time in years, Washington has found some stability for their franchise, bringing back essentially the same roster as last season. With John Wall in the lineup, the Wizards are undoubtedly a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference. Wall and Beal mesh extremely well together, and with the acquisition of Georgetown’s Otto Porter through this years NBA Draft, the Wizards will surely improve to an even greater extent.
Contrary to what Washington’s management is saying, I honestly believe that the Wizards are still trying to improve their roster before the start of training camp. Injuries have plagued the team in the past and adding depth is something Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld will probably try to do before the start of camp.
Washington has a logjam at the forward spot on their bench, and I expect them to explore possible deals so the players on the current roster have a solidified role with the team.