2) Get healthy/ Stay Healthy
Injuries have been a common occurrence in the nation’s capital, and for us to truly see this team’s potential, they must find a way to stay healthy throughout the season. Of course, some injuries are unfortunately unavoidable, but the Wizards have to do a better job at managing their situation when it occurs.
As I mentioned in the past slide, John Wall/Nene/Beal missed a combined 80 games this past season (Wall-33, Beal-26, Nene-21). With John Wall in the lineup, the Wizards finished just one game below .500 (24-25) and probably even would’ve won a few more games if his supported cast wasn’t weren’t sitting on the sidelines in suits.
For us to really gauge the Wizards, we have to see them play an entire season with the majority of their roster intact. Washington’s front office built a roster that’s too dependable on John Wall and Bradley Beal, so unless the Wizards make some unanticipated roster moves, nothing will change from that perspective.
Thankfully, if some minor injuries inevitably occur, Washington did get deeper from a roster standpoint. Nene will probably sit out a few games as we’ve grown to expect, but the addition of Al Harrington and the hopeful development of Kevin Seraphin/Jan Vesely will give the team some sort of option in their front court. A.J. Price failed to help the team stay afloat without John Wall last season, but Eric Maynor seems to be more of a capable guard and on paper he’s an upgrade over Price.
Health is undoubtedly the Wizards’ number one concern heading into the season, so we’ll just have to see how that plays out.