Watchability Rankings: No. 12 Wizards
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 seasons. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we continue with the No. 12 Washington Wizards:
2012-13 record: 29-53, missed playoffs
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 38-44, miss playoffs
Two best players: PG John Wall (18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists a game), SG Bradley Beal (13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds a game).
Overview: The Wizards were really two different teams last season. The one that took the floor at the Verizon Center for the first two months of the season, while John Wall was sidelined with a knee injury, was atrocious in every way, starting the season 5-28 and featuring the league’s worst offense. When Wall returned on January 12, the Wizards looked like a completely different team, going 24-25 the first of the way and making pronounced jumps in efficiency at both ends of the floor. Over the summer, Wall signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension. How far the Wizards will go depends on his health and the development of their other young players.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
A dynamic backcourt: Besides Wall’s obvious impact on his own, his chemistry with Beal has the potential to swing the season. Beal, the third pick in the 2012 draft, shot an atrocious 36.7% from the field and 32.3% from three-point range while Wall was hurt. After Wall returned, those numbers skyrocketed to 46.8% from the field and 46.6% from long range. A full year for the two to develop together could give Washington one of the most dangerous backcourts in the league.
The adventures of Jan Vesely: With Emeka Okafor out to start the season and veteran center Nene frequently dealing with injuries, young Wizards bigs Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin will be leaned on heavily. This could either sink their season or provide another source of surprise. The easiest way to track Vesely is with the indispensable @JanVeselyStats Twitter feed.