Areas Of Strength
The Wizards’ All-Star staring backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal remains the heart and soul of this team. And when healthy, they’re as good on both ends of the floor as any starting backcourt in the league. The Wizards have been able to lean on Wall and Beal for years now, which is a nice security blanket to have in a star-driven league. Having a pair of stars you have drafted and groomed goes a long way for any franchise trying to contend. And no matter what adversity they have faced, the Wizards have always been able to lean on Wall and Beal.
As good as their two All-Stars are and will continue to be, it’s clear that Ernie Grunfeld and his staff have to come up with the right sort of mix for the supporting cast to help get this group over the threshold and into a position to chase a spot in the conference finals. Until they find a way to get there, Wall and Beal will not have achieved what their talents suggest they should have. But they’ll need the right mix around them, a group with the right chemistry, to finally get there.
Two Stats That Matter
15 -- The Wizards had 15 losses to the 12 teams that finished with losing records. That was the most among the 18 teams that finished with winning records.
3.5 -- John Wall averaged just 3.5 fast break points per 36 minutes, the fewest of his career and down from 5.9 last season.
-- John Schuhmann
The Way To Go
Sitting just outside the lottery at No. 15 means the Wizards will have to make a tough decision on a one-and-done prospect with a high ceiling (Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith, Gary Trent Jr.) or reach a little bit for an older college player (Khyri Thomas, Jalen Brunson, Aaron Holiday) who might be more of a plug-and-play contributor as a rookie.
2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 106.9 (14th)
Defensive: 106.2 (15th)
G: John Wall
G: Bradley Beal
G: Jodie Meeks
G: Tomas Satoransky
F: Markieff Morris
F: Otto Porter Jr.
F: Kelly Oubre Jr.
F: Jason Smith
F: Devin Robinson
C: Ian Mahinmi
C: Marcin Gortat
G: Tim Frazier (unrestricted)
G: Ty Lawson (unrestricted)
G: Ramon Sessions (unrestricted)
F: Mike Scott (unrestricted)
F: Chris McCullough (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History
2017: Traded No. 52 pick to New Orleans for Tim Frazier
2016: No picks
2015: Kelly Oubre Jr. (15), Jerian Grant (19); traded to New York, Aaron White (49)
2014: Jordan Clarkson (46), traded to Lakers
2013: Otto Porter Jr. (3)
2012: Bradley Beal (3), Tomas Satoransky (32)
2011: Jan Vesely (6), Chris Singleton (18), Shelvin Mack (34)
-- Sekou Smith