NBA Preview: Can The Wizards and John Wall Make The Playoffs?

September 6th, 2010 by Arash Darbandi Leave a reply »

2009-10: 26-56, 5th in Southeast Division, 14th in the East

Coach: Flip Saunders (14th season, 2nd with the Wizards)

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: John Wall

SG: Gilbert Arenas

SF: Josh Howard

PF: Andray Blatche

C: Javale McGee

Key Bench Players:

G: Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young

F: Al Thornton, Yi Jianlian

Sleeper: Andray Blatche

Keys to Success: The development of John Wall and the return and good play of Gilbert Arenas


The Wizards have surrounded John Wall with underrated talent. The most underrated pick up this off season, in my opinion, happened when the Wizards traded for Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich can help Wall mature into an All-Star caliber player. 

The Wizards will also need Yi Jianlian to live up to expectation. Jianlian showed improvements last year as a member of the New Jersey Nets, averaging 12 points and seven boards a game.

Andray Blatche quietly averaged 14 points and six boards a game last year. Expect his workload to increase, as he only played in 27 mi ...

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