#23 – Washington Wizards
2011/12 Record: 20-46, no playoffs
2012/13 Projected Record: 35-47, no playoffs
The X Factor:
This Wizards’ franchise will only go as far as John Wall takes them. The first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft only progressed slightly last season (if at all) – not the huge jump in development the team was surely hoping for. Whether he can make the progression from good to star to superstar (ala Derrick Rose) will determine not just the Wizards’ outlook for this season, but for years to come.
Washington’s front office surprised many by trying to build a team that is built to win now, adding veterans Nene, Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor all since last March. The team definitely has a nice mix of old and young – Nene, Ariza and Okafor the old; John Wall, Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely the young. They might sniff the last playoff spot in the East this year, but more likely they’ll be playoff bound in 2013/14.
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