Washington Wizards Are Building Home Grown

Washington Wizards Are Building Home Grown


The Washington Wizards have made it clear that they want local product F Otto Porter (Georgetown) with the #3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. As it stands currently, the Wizards are staring at the salary cap limit. There is good news on the horizon. C Emeka Okafor is entering the last year of a bloated contract, owed $14.5 million next season. Additionally, Nenê is owed $13 million next season (and $39 million over the next three seasons total). Nenê is worth the money when he’s been healthy, but that has been the exact issue that has plagued Nenê over most of his career. PG John Wall truly energized the Wizards when he made his season debut halfway through the season. The Wizards had been a listless bunch for the first half of the season, and Wall’s return saw them play .500 basketball, including beating teams like the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.

The question going forward is who the Wizards core will consist of beyond Wall and Nenê. Trevor Ariza has a player option for next season, and may indeed pick it up to collect the $7.7 million (the Wizards can always trade him at the February trade deadline, as he is coveted by several teams who could use his length, athleticism and three point shooting in playoff runs). Martell Webster enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence with the Wizards, but he is not likely to return to the team as an unrestricted free agent. Bradley Beal showed promise as a rookie, but he has a long way to go to become a legitimate shooting guard in the NBA. He won’t be asked to play point guard frequently, with John Wall manning the position. Players like Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton and Kevin Seraphin comprise the remainder of the Wizards’ frontcourt behind Nenê and Okafor. The obvious lack that the Wizards have is three point shooting (as they are one of the worst in the NBA in both made 3-point field goals and 3-point field goal percentage).

While the Wizards continue to wait for Jan Vesely to develop, they will have to figure out a creative move with some of their expiring contracts; a move that could net them players who are better suited to play with the aforementioned core set of players, and assumedly, Porter, who will most likely be the Wizards’ 1st Round selection, 3rd overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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