2013-14 record: 44-38
Second place, Southeast Division
Lost in conference semifinals to Indiana
2014 Draft Picks: Round 2 - Pick 46
TRADE 1: Washington Wizards acquire cash considerations from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the No. 46 pick Jordan Clarkson.
Areas of Strength
The Wizards have a young backcourt tandem in All-Star point guard John Wall and budding star shooting guard Bradley Beal that is the envy of many teams around the league. The fact that they are homegrown Draft picks makes them even more spectacular when viewed through a Draft prism. You can build around them, adding and subtracting more young talent and more seasoned performers as the front office sees fit.
So much depends on what happens in free agency with Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker in particular. It's in-house talent, however, that has to be the focus this summer in D.C. Otto Porter, Jr. never got his rookie season off the ground due to injury. His development for the 2014-15 season is better than having another lottery pick from the June Draft to add to the mix. The frontcourt depth will need to be refurbished and upgraded, where possible.
Two Stats That Matter
10 -- Anyone looking for an explanation as to how the Wizards magically made their way from the lottery to the conference semifinals need only check their top-10 defensive ranking, which has been a staple under Randy Wittman.
82 -- Nothing is more important for All-Stars and potential superstars than staying healthy. And John Wall managed to play in all 82 games during the regular season. It was the difference in him being a solid young player and an All-Star.
The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
Two important bigs are heading into free agency -- though Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker could obviously re-sign -- but the No. 46 pick will have to be used for depth at best, not part of the immediate priority on pushing ahead in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards gave what turned out to be the No. 18 pick to the Suns to get Gortat, and it's well worth it. While Washington would have liked a pick in the middle of the first round in this draft, not sorting through lottery choices is a very nice feeling.
2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 103.3 (18th)
Defensive: 102.4 (10th)
G: John Wall
G: Bradley Beal
F: Otto Porter, Jr.
G: Andre Miller
F: Martell Webster
G: Garrett Temple
F: Trevor Ariza
C: Marcin Gortat
F: Trevor Booker
F: Al Harrington
F: Drew Gooden
F: Chris Singleton
F/C: Kevin Seraphin
Recent Draft History
2013: Otto Porter (3)
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)
-- Sekou Smith