While things changed all over the NBA this summer, things remained the same in the DMV. The Wizards spent the majority of their off-season trying to retain their core, rather than looking to acquire new players.
Here’s a look at the Wizards roster and projected starting lineup heading into the 2017-18 season. Players with the new two-way contract G-League distinction are noted in parenthesis.
C- Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi
PF- Jason Smith, Mike Scott, Markieff Morris, Chris McCullough, Mike Young (two-way)
SF- Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Carrick Felix, Devin Robinson (two-way)
SG- Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoransky, Sheldon Mac
PG- John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Trey Burke, Tim Frazier
Washington went into the 2017 NBA Draft with the 52nd pick, but ended up trading the pick. The Wizards did roster Devin Robinson as a two-way player, who is an intriguing undrafted prospect that is likely a couple years away from being a consistent contributor.
The big news this off-season for the Wizards was signing John Wall to an extension. Weeks after reports surfaced that Wall was considering not signing the extension, Wall signed a four-year, $170 million extension in late-July.
Washington clearly made their goal this off-season to retain their core. The Nets offered Otto Porter a max deal, and the Wizards matched the offer. Porter is coming off a breakout 2016-17 season, but enters this season with higher expectations.
However, with the Wizards doing little in the way of bringing in new talent, it is hard to envision this team getting past the elite teams in the East. With Gordon Hayward’s injury, a slight window could be open as the Celtics may take a step-back without Hayward. As things stand now, the Wizards are likely to compete with the Raptors to be the third team in the East.
With Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards have a dynamic backcourt, but it remains to be seen whether they have enough players around them to make a deep playoff run.
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