2015 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards were one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA a season ago. John Wall has turned into a full-fledged superstar. Wall and Bradley Beal have teamed up in the formidable Wizards backcourt to give opposing teams fits. Marcin Gortat has come into his own in Washington, and has developed into one of the better centers in the Eastern Conference. The 2015-16 Washington Wizards roster will look much the same as a season ago, with the exception of the departure of Paul Pierce. Pierce was the emotional leader of the Wizards, and their closer in the playoffs. Without Pierce, John Wall will have to take even more on his shoulders, and the Wizards will sink or swim with his play in 2015-16. Look for the Wizards to continue to be a strong Eastern Conference team, and for Washington to make the playoffs once again.
2014 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The expectations for the Washington Wizards were pretty subdued coming into last season. But the Wizards rallied and crushed every goal in front of them, winning 44 games, and defeating the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. No the Wizards didn’t win the NBA finals. But few had even picked them to make the playoffs. The success of 2013 gave Washington Wizards fans the hope that maybe they were just a few steps away from being one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Washington’s front office tried to take these steps in the offseason by putting Wizards uniforms on Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries, and Dejuan Blair. The Washington Wizards should remain one of the elite defensive teams in the Eastern Conference in 2014 and with John Wall conducting the offense, any team on the Wizards 2014-15 schedule should be nervous
2013 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Wizards have the talent in place after a long rebuilding phase where we’re hearing the word “playoff” once again. They’ll have a healthy John Wall back, and the point guard has a good enough crew around him to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal, #3 overall pick Otto Porter Jr., and Al Harrington will look to spearhead the team along with Wall, while anything from Eric Maynor and Glen Rice Jr. will be huge in terms of depth. The East is no cake-walk, but this Wizards team is believing, and it might be time to believe with them. The Wizards kick off the 2013-14 season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 1, before hitting the road for a game against the Heat. Other key home games will be vs. the Knicks on Nov. 23, vs. the Clippers on Dec. 14, and vs. Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 17.
2012 Washington Wizards Season Preview
There are few more talented and intriguing young players in the NBA than John Wall. The blazing point guard single handedly brought the Wizards back into relevancy, and alongside another young scoring guard in Nick Young. But while the scoring continues to rise, the big men up front are causing teams to take notice by being a great rebounding squad. While the team will go as far as Wall and Young take them, players like forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee grabbing boards and blocking shots that will truly turn them into contenders, and last year was a great start for the possibly upstart Washington Wizards.
2011 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards stumbled to a dismal 26-56 finish last year, and although everything went wrong for them during the season, they were lucky enough to get the first pick in the NBA Draft. The Wizards are looking to rebound with a group of talented young players and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Wizards drafted Kentucky guard John Wall with the first pick, and if he's any bit as dynamic as he was for the Wildcats, he should be a good fit in Washington. Troubled shooting guard Gilbert Arenas is back as well, and if he can stay healthy and avoid any of the locker-room issues that have dogged him in recent years, he can play up to his potential. In the frontcourt, 6-foot-11 Andray Blatche had a break out season a year ago when he averaged more than 14 points a game, and stepped it up while Arenas was suspended. Joining Blatche is Nick Young, who possesses a wealth of athleticism and can be a go-to scorer. Washington also has considerable depth at center, as JaVale Mcgee, Hilton Armstrong and rookie Hamady Ndiaye are all solid players.
2010 Washington Wizards Season Preview
Washington Wizards fans have good reason for hope heading into the 2009-2010 NBA season. The Wizards finished last in the Eastern Conference a year ago, but have all of the pieces to make a run at the playoffs. Washington is led by stars Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. If those two stay healthy, then expect the Wizards to be one of the top eight teams in the East and grab a '09-'10 playoff spot.
2009 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards are one of the best shooting and scoring teams in the NBA. The "Big Three" of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison are back to drive their opponents mad from the perimeter. Watching a Wizards game at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. is an experience you won’t soon forget.