2015-16 NBA Preview – Washington Wizards

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2014-15 Record: 46-36

2014-15 Offense: 98.5 PPG (17th)

2014-15 Defense: 97.8 PPG (9th)

Key Additions: Alan Anderson (SG), Jared Dudley (SF), Gary Neal (G), Kelly Oubre (SF)

Key Losses: Paul Pierce (SF), Kevin Seraphin (PF), Rasual Butler (SF)

2015-16 Outlook:

The Wizards had a solid 14-15 season upsetting the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs and taking the Hawks to six games in the second round. Young guards John Wall and Bradley Beal continued to get better and the former #3 overall pick, Otto Porter Jr., actually played last year. They still didn’t look even close to being a title contender. Where do they go from here? Are they going to get better or will they soon find out they won’t be able to get it done with the core they have?

Their offseason strategy seemed to be to bring in veteran wings who can shoot. They must think that if it worked last year, why won’t it work again this year. All three guys they brought in, Alan Anderson, Jared Dudley, and Gary Neal, are over thirty though. There’s not much upside. It’s unlikely they’ll get the kind of production they got out of Paul Pierce and Rasual Butler last year from those guys this year.

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Washington’s best chance is for the previously mentioned guards, Wall and Beal, to get even better. Beal averaged just 15 points per game last year but he increased that to 23 points in the playoffs. He’s definitely capable. The Wizards might need him to do that just to get to 46 wins again though. Their frontcourt is aging and they did not adequately replace Paul Pierce. It looks like they’ll have to pull off another upset to make a return to the second round.

2015-16 Projected Record: 44-38

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