Washington Wizards 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Washington Wizards 2016 Preview
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The Washington Wizards hope to get back to the playoffs after finishing with a subpar .500 record and have brought in head coach Scott Brooks to lead the way. The Wizards have been mediocre for quite some time and look to finally take another step forward in the East.
Can a new coaching staff get the most out of this talent?
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Here is your 2016 NBA Washington Wizards preview.
Key Player Losses: The Wizards said goodbye to center Nene Hilario, who spent the last five seasons with the team and was a key contributor until last year when he struggled with injuries and consistent play. Jared Dudley goes back to Phoenix after shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc in one year with Washington. Backup point guard Ramon Sessions also finds himself on a new team, and he’s coming off his best season yet in which he shot 47.3 percent from the field and averaged three assists off the bench.
Key Player Additions: The Wizards got a quality backup point guard in Trey Burke, who averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists in three seasons playing for the Utah Jazz. Burke also has starting experience and will be able to take a load off of John Wall. Washington also added center Ian Mahinmi, who spent the last four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. Last year, Mahinmi averaged seven rebounds in nearly 26 minutes of play, and he shoots 53.6 percent from the field for his career.
Draft: The Washington Wizards didn’t have a 2016 draft pick.
Outlook: It’s going to be interesting to see what Brooks can do with Wall and Bradley Beal, as it is one of the better backcourts in the league when healthy. The Wizards also got better by upgrading at backup center and backup point guard. The problem is there’s not a lot of playmakers on this team besides Wall and Beal. There's a lot of pressure on those guys to perform every night and sometimes that’s not even enough. The Wizards are going to be fun to watch at times and dreadful the other half. Either way, I don’t see the Wizards making the playoffs this season.