2012-2013 NBA Division Preview: Southeast Division

Washington Wizards – 20-46 (2011-12)

Still in the rebuilding stage, this looks like it’ll be a season of strides from the Washington Wizards. John Wall is still developing as a scoring point guard and Jordan Crawford has made a name for himself in D.C. The Wizards also scored big in the draft, picking up Bradley Beal from Florida.

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The success of this team, however, is dependent on the development of John Wall. Will he start making that ascent to “elite point guard” status or is a sophomore slump looming? With shooters like Beal and Crawford, along with former Laker Trevor Ariza, I think there is enough talent around Wall to keep him from regressing.

Looking at the Wizards defensively, they have some bodies down low with Nene and Kevin Seraphin who can make scoring at the basket a challenge. And you can’t overlook the acquisition of Emeka Okafor who, when healthy, can dominate the paint.

Key Players: John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Nene
Key Additions: Emeka Okafor, Bradley Beal
Key Departures: None

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