Season Predictions 2016
Current seeding: 10th
Projected seeding: 10th
The Wizards I’d probably classify as the “worst of the good” out East -- that is, the worst team with a chance of making the playoffs, as they are only a few games back. Led by the ever-improving backcourt duo of superstar PG John Wall and star SG Bradley Beal, the starting five also features the young and versatile SF Otto Porter Jr, recent acquisition PF/SF Markieff Morris, and double-double machine C Marcin Gortat.
However, while the team looks excellent on paper, it hasn’t been performing well for a reason. And yes, Beal was injured for a stretch, and yes, they only recently got Morris at the trade deadline, but every team has reasonable excuses. The main purpose for the team’s struggles this season lie in rebounding, where the team ranks 29th in offensive rebounding (part of the reason why they are 22nd in offensive efficiency) and 27th in overall rebounding rate. Other than Gortat, Morris at 5.4 rebounds per game is the team’s leading rebounder, and that’s a major issue that limits your possessions per game. Rebounding will definitely be a need to address this offseason.