Washington Wizards: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
The Line: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards made the playoffs last year and are now hoping to take yet another step under head coach Randy Wittman. The Wizards pretty much return their entire team from last season and have to be feeling good about themselves in the wide open East.
Here’s your 2014 Washington Wizards NBA preview.
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Key Additions: DeJuan Blair, Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries
Key Losses: Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker
Biggest Strength: Versatility has got to be the Washington Wizards biggest strength. The Wizards can kill their opponent from anywhere on the floor, whether it’s from deep with Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal, or on the inside with Marcin Gortat and Nene Hilario. While most teams have their strength and weakness offensively, the Wizards are probably one of the more complete and versatile offenses in the league. Offensively, the Wizards probably don’t have a main weakness that defenses can attack, as anybody on the floor can put the ball in the hoop. It’s going to be fun watching the Washington Wizards play this season.
Biggest Weakness: Experience is the biggest weakness for the Washington Wizards. There’s a reason Paul Pierce was brought to Washington, and it’s to add some championship DNA into the roster and give this young team some much needed experience heading into the playoffs. Last season, the Washington Wizards made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and didn’t really have a leader they could turn to in hopes of advancing. The Wizards have a starting backcourt that is 24 and 21 years old, while Gotat and Nene have spent much of their careers playing on teams that barely made the playoffs. Experience goes a long way when trying to make a championship push and besides Pierce, the Wizards don’t have much.
Expectations: I really like the Washington Wizards this season, especially in a subpar Eastern Conference. Right now, the Wizards are +3300 to win the NBA title, and I consider them a strong dark horse contender that is worth a few dollars. Of course, I’m not saying Washington will win it all, but there are some terrific pieces in place to where the Wizards could reach the Eastern Conference Finals or so if bounces go their way. The Wizards are going to be fun to watch and a dangerous team that could get hot at the right moment.