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Washington

Wizards

Atlantic

2009-10 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
101.4106.7
25th Overall18th Overall
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2009-10 Season Stats

W

26

L

56

PCT

.317

GB

33

CONF

18-34

DIV

3-13

HOME

15-26

ROAD

11-30

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Wiz found a pair of foreigners, veteran Yi Jianlian of China and first-rounder Kevin Seraphin, a 6-9 French banger, to add depth up front. Yi might help; Seraphin's a project.

C-

BckCourt
Kirk Hinrich and John Wall join Gilbert Arenas to form the league's most intriguing backcourt. Assuming Gilbert stays, will they be happy together? Does Josh Howard have anything left?

B

Defense
No shot-blocker or ace stopper was added to a middle-of-the-pack defensive team, although returning 7-footer JaVale McGee did have a good camp. Wall has quick hands, too.

C

Bench
Hilton Armstrong hasn't done anything to distinguish himself in the NBA, maybe a change in scenery from the Hornets to Wizards will help.

C+

Coaching
Is Flip Saunders a good fit for a rebuilding team? This isn't what he signed up for originally, but there's no choice now. Good luck with Andray Blatche.

B

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B+

Summary

The Wizards' summer can be whittled down to two people: Wall and Ted Leonsis, who took over as the new owner. They will dictate much of what happens to this franchise in the near (and possibly distant) future. The Wiz also got a pair of rotation guys (Hinrich and Yi) for nothing because they were salary dumps. Basically, it was just short of a super summer for the Wizards, given what they went through last season.

But they still have Arenas; therefore, their summer wasn't truly a smash, assuming they tried to trade him and found no takers. Do they feel Arenas has turned himself around? Or will he influence Wall in the wrong way?

--Shaun Powell

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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