The Wizards have a bucketful of young talent and that all starts with Wall. He is as quick as any guard in the NBA. He has flaws like outside shooting, but when he penetrates, and gets headed toward the basket, he's unstoppable. Wall is the leader of this team now, especially after the gigantic contract.
Wall will reportedly write the word "playoffs" on all of his sneakers for each game this season to keep the Wizards focused.
Beal enjoyed a very good rookie season in 2012-13. He averaged 13.9 ppg and shot 38 percent from long range. Beal made the All-Rookie first team last season, but missed 26 games with a myriad of injuries. With a full season alongside Wall, Beal could be in for a big season.
Still The Champs
Mid-Low Playoff Seed
Youth Making Strides
It Could Be Worse
We Want Wiggins
Throw Porter Jr. into that mix and the Wizards appear to have their core of the future in place.
The Wizards also made a late pres-season splash acquiring Marcin Gortat from the Suns. Gortat is a quality centre and could push the Wizards over the top in their quest for the playoffs.
They also have a relatively solid bench unit.
Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker are both solid bench producers and Eric Maynor is a very quality backup point guard. Rice Jr. should also provide some long-range shooting off the bench, something this team really needed.
The Not So Good
The Wizards suffered a major blow, especially defensively, when it was announced Emeka Okafor, the team's starting center, has a herniated disc in his neck and will be out indefinitely.
That's a huge loss for Washington. Okafor was part of a plan, not just on the court, but off. In recent years, the Wizards jettisoned several immature players to improve the culture of the franchise. A hard-working professional like Okafor will still be around since the team's growth off the court goes a long way to its improvement on it.
Gortat is a better offensive player, but Okafor's defence will still be missed.
Nene meanwhile is a very good player when healthy but he has also had his share of issues over the course of his NBA career and is tough to rely on for a full season of production. Backup forward Chris Singleton is also out with a borken foot, so many more injuries and any post-season plans the Wizards had could easily be gone before they get off the ground.