1) Washington must improve their offense
Historically speaking, defense was always a problem for the Wizards, but with a few new additions and commitment from the coaching staff, Washington managed to finish eighth in defensive efficiency. Most lottery bound teams tend to finish in the lower half of the defensive ratings, but the Wizards were surprisingly an excellent team on that side of the floor last season.
Unfortunately, their offense wasn’t nearly as good as their defense, which could’ve been the result of multiple things. Washington was the worst offensive team in the league last season, and for a team that’s certainly looking to make the playoffs, that has to change.
Washington’s three most productive players (John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene) missed a combined 80 games this past season, which made it virtually impossible for the team to establish any sort of continuity. Without John Wall, the Wizards plummeted offensively and couldn’t recover the early damage they took earlier on in the season.
With Wall, Beal and Nene all presumably healthy, the Wizards should be significantly better offensively this year. The Wizards addressed some of their needs during the off season (acquired a backup point guard and a stretch four), which could also dramatically help their offense.
John Wall must learn to diversify his game by consistently knocking down the outside jump shot, and his back court mate Bradley Beal needs to get better at creating for himself. Even though Wall and Beal aren’t the only sources of offense for the Wizards, I think it’s fairly obvious that the two will ultimately become the go-to guys offensively.
The Wizards were already a pretty good outside shooting team and with the addition of Al Harrington, their offense has the potential to grow to an even greater extent.
Washington has the tools to become a good offensive team, so now they just have to put them to use. Of course, having a healthy roster wouldn’t hurt their chances either.