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What They're Saying About the Wizards Offseason

August 15, 2013

Read what members of the media are projecting for the Wizards in 2013 and what they have been saying about the team's offseason.

“The Wiz were quietly a top-10 defense for the second half of last season and they drafted Otto Porter, who figures to step in right away at the small forward position…the Wizards could have the biggest jump in the Eastern Conference next season.”

Tom Haberstroh, ESPN.COM


“The Wiz probably enter the season as the favorite among teams chasing the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, and with some help and luck, they could push Atlanta for the no. 6 spot…Wall was fantastic for most of last season, and the Wizards with all four of Wall-Webster-Beal-Nene on the floor--with proper floor spacing, in other words--outscored opponents by nearly 20 points per 100 possessions in 187 minutes together, per The Beal-Wall-Nene trio was nearly plus-12 points per 100 possessions in 265 minutes. Those are monster numbers, even in small samples, and the Wiz are a net-positive team with Wall on the floor last season. They project as a clear playoff team this season.”


“I look through the veteran muck to see the Wizards' future and I see John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. That trio along with the veteran base of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Martell Webster should be enough to push Washington into playoff contention.  Also, I love the addition of Eric Maynor as the backup to Wall.”

Bradford Doolittle, ESPN.COM


“The Washington Wizards finally have regained something they haven’t had in years: momentum. By adding rookie forward Otto Porter Jr. to a roster that already included guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, the Wizards have assembled a talented young nucleus that should lead them back to the playoffs.”



“The Wizards possess a great mix of young, intriguing talent (Wall, Porter, Beal) and reliable veterans (Nene, Okafor, Ariza) that no other team outside the top five teams in the East has.”



Offseason Grade:  B   “The Wizards were woeful coming out of the gate last season, but caught fire once everyone got healthy and looked like a potential playoff team.  Their biggest addition was Porter…he can do a little of everything and is an unselfish, high-character player. Pair him with an emerging John Wall and Bradley Beal and the Wizards have quietly built one of the better young cores in the East.”

Chad Ford, ESPN.COM


“The team now has young depth, star players and good veterans to surround John Wall. If they can stay healthy, and that's a huge concern with this team, they have every reason to think they can make the playoffs.”



“I'm always looking for new and exciting.  And with Wall coming into the season healthy, Beal, Porter and a quality frontcourt, the Wizards should be fun.”

Israel Gutierrez, ESPN.COM