Predicting the Wizards Starting 5 and Season Awards

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Asad Naqvi

DC's Big Three!

Photo Credit: The Washington Post

PG: John Wall - Obviously he's the face of the franchise. John needs to improve his game even more this year just to get the Wizards to the playoffs. If he can do it, this city will go crazy. The franchise can build on a winner, finally. He looks stronger and faster.

SG: Bradley Beal - Sophomore slump, anyone? We hope not. The man can play basketball. He can shoot and when he has confidence, it seems like nobody can stop him. Let's hope that he plays the way we know he can play and not the opposite. So far, during the preseason, he has been solid. 

SF: Trevor Ariza - Many believe that the hilarious one, Martell Webster, should have this spot or even Glen Rice Jr. I honestly believe that Webster would be great in the starting line-up but when the Wizards need bench scoring, they have no one else to turn to aside from Martell. He will be the spark that is needed to be the 6th man. Webster has accepted that and actually does not mind being the first man off the bench. It's a great role for Martell but Ariza's defense will help the Wizards become a better defensive team this year and that earns him a spot in the starting five.

PF: Jan Vesely - Oh, my. Did I really just put in Vesely as a starter? Relax, folks. Don't expect him to score 20 points in a game but expect him to hustle his tail off and fight for rebounds. So far in the preseason, Vesely has gotten 12 and 9 rebounds in the last two games, respectively. He can help hold the fort down until Emeka Okafor's return.   

C: Nene - Nene won't start every game. This is where the concern starts for a playoff run if there was one this year. Nene is not healthy enough to start every game. That means more Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, etc. Can they step up? Time will tell. Nene will contribute and be solid for the Wizards but his health is always a concern. Here is to optimism!

Wizards MVP : It's a toss up between Wall and Beal but I'll go with the Franchise, John Wall.  I've seen him shoot around during training camp and his shot is butter, and better. I hope it translates during game nights. It's an added dimension to his game, and lord knows the Wizards need it!

Wizards 6th Man: Of course, Martell.  See above.

Wizards Defensive Player of the Year: That will go to Ariza but John Wall will be a close 2nd. His steals per game should go up this year alone. A healthy John Wall is a scary John Wall but Ariza just flat outs sticks the best player night in and night out. He holds his own and that's all you can ask for.

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