Washington Wizards 2017-2018 Season Preview

Washington Wizards

Last Season Record 49-33

Last year the Wizards made it to the eastern conference semifinals and played a tough series against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics ended up defeating the Wizards in seven games. The Wizards have one of the best starting five in the NBA and maybe one of the best backcourts in the league (Yes, we can debate this). With everybody coming back from the main core the Wizards look to make it past the second round this season.

Key losses

Bojan Bogdanovic, Brandon Jennings.

The Washington Wizards have yet to complement their starting five with a decent bench unit. That didn’t help when the Wizards allowed Bojan Bogdanovic to walk without even offering him anything. After coming over from the Brooklyn Nets Bogdanovic excelled coming off the bench for the Wizards in 23mins per game Bogdanovic put up 12 points while shooting 39% from three. One would think with the Wizards in need of shooting and play-making off the bench they would keep a player like Bogdanovic.

Key Additions

Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, Tim Frazier, Donald Sloan

The Wizards added some depth at the backup point guard spot. The combination of Tim Frazier and Donald Sloan where solid pickups. Tim Frazier? Who? Tim Frazier is super underrated. Frazier is a pass-first point guard that will get everybody involve. With the New Orleans Pelicans, last season Frazier averaged 7points and 5 assists. Look for Frazier to continue his success this year with the Wizards. The Wizards took a gamble on Jodie Meeks and forward Mike Scott. Both Meeks and Scott have had some success in the NBA, but as of late not so much. Mike Scott saw little time on the court last season due to legal issues and injuries.  When healthy Scott is capable of producing decent numbers hopefully he can get back to his Atlanta days because the Wizards can sure use his offensive skills set. Jodie Meeks on the other hand just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. When healthy Meeks is a knockdown shooter with the ability to defend, over the last two season Meeks only played 39 games combined. The Wizards sign both free-agents to cheap contracts so this gamble won’t hurt that much if both players don’t perform.

X-Factor

Secured the bag alert (DJ Khalid) voice. Otto Porter Jr secured a four-year deal worth 106 million dollars from the Wizards. To be honest I wasn’t the biggest Otto Porter Jr fan at first until last season. Porter Jr has the coolest first name in the NBA and an even cooler game. Porter Jr improved a lot last season averaging 13points 6 rebounds while shooting 43% from the three-point line. Those are solid numbers for your third option, Porter Jr is an excellent defender that can hold his own against bigger small forwards. With job security and another year under his belt look for Porter Jr to blossom into a better player this year.

 Prediction

57-25

The Wizards have a great core and added some decent bench players if everybody is healthy and Otto Porter Jr take a step forward in his development look for the Wizards to win the southeast division once again