May 13, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Washington Wizards are coming off of a 46-36 season, which ended in the team being bounced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the Wizards will be looking to reverse that fortune. The front office has brought in a few key pieces for Randy Wittman to utilize this season, which they hope will take this team to the next level. This is no longer a team that will be sneaking up on people, as they have established themselves as a legitimate threat in the East. Although a young team, they are ready to make a run.
Here’s a look at what the 2015-16 season will look like for the Wizards.
Team MVP: John Wall
Each and every year, Wall has taken his game to new heights. He averaged a double-double a season ago (17.6 points, 10 assists). He’s been the best and most consistent player for the Wizards since joining the league in 2011. Wall has been selected to the past two All-Star Games and is on the path to be in many more in the coming years.
Breakout Player: Otto Porter Jr.
Porter showed flashes of what made him a No. 3 overall pick late last season, particularly in the playoffs. The former Georgetown Hoya averaged 10 points per game and shot 38 percent from behind the arc. He also proved that he is a very capable defender, being able to guard multiple positions. He moves into a starting role this season and will have plenty of opportunities to shine some more.
- Wall finishes in the Top 5 in MVP voting
- Beal emerges as an All-Star
- Wizards earn a Top 3 seed in the Eastern Conference
Projected Finish: 50-32, Win Southeast Division
The Wizards fell shy of the 50-win mark last season, but I think they’ll reach it this season. At first, I was hesitant about the team’s chances this season, as many project Washington to take a step back. Upon further reflection, however, the only sure thing in the Eastern Conference is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The jury is still out on everybody else. Take a look at the first two bold predictions. If they come to fruition, the third is likely to happen. The Wizards may even get over the second round hump that has haunted them the past two seasons.
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