Areas of Strength
In John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards already have their backcourt stars of the future in place. Wall came back from injury and shined in the Wizards' 31 games after the All-Star break (20.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds). Injuries limited Beal to just 12 games during that same stretch, but he averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. That's quality production from a backcourt with a surplus in size, athleticism and raw talent that teams around the league covet.
The Wizards' frontcourt crew isn't nearly as star-studded and needs some refining, but has stalwarts in Emeka Okafor and Nene and young works in progress in Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton. There are plenty of role players in this bunch but no one to carry load as a consistent, low-post offensive threat the Wizards can lean on to provide the "inside" to "out" that Wall and Beal can provide.
Two Stats That Matter
8 -- The Wizards defensive ranking, which seems unusually high for a team that finished with such a paltry win-loss record. But it's a sign that this team is ready for a significant rise in stature if they can work as well on the offensive end.
19 -- The number of different players that suited up for the Wizards this season, a clear indication of just how crippling the injury issues were in D.C. all season long, beginning with Wall and ending with Beal.
The Way To Go
The Wizards have an ideal they are looking for in a small forward prospect they are looking for to complete their perimeter trio. It needs to be someone capable of getting up and down the floor with Wall and Beal in transition, someone capable of spacing the floor and shooting efficiently from distance and also someone with the high character traits that GM Ernie Grunfeld is looking for as he continues his efforts to not only rebuild the roster up the Wizards' culture. Georgetown's Otto Porter is already in town and fits the profile of what the Wizards are looking for perfectly. The Wizards also have cap space to work with in filling out the roster this summer.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 97.8 (30th)
Defensive: 100.6 (8th)
G: John Wall G: Bradley Beal
F: Nene F: Trevor Booker F: Kevin Seraphin F: Jan Vesely
G: Garrett Temple (restricted)
G: Leandro Barbosa
G: A.J. Price
F: Martell Webster
F: Trevor Ariza (player option)
F: Cartier Martin
C: Emeka Okafor (early termination option)
C: Jason Collins
Recent Draft History
2012: Bradley Beal (3), Tomas Satoransky (32)
2011: Jan Vesely (6), Chris Singleton (18), Shelvin Mack (34)
2010: John Wall (1), Lazar Hayward (30), Nemanja Bjelica (35)
2009: Jermaine Taylor (32)
2008: JaVale McGee (18), Bill Walker (47)
2007: Nick Young (17), Dominic McGuire (47)
2006: Oleksiy Pecherov (18), Vladimir Veremeenko (48)
-- Sekou Smith