In just 2 days the Washington Wizards will open up the 2017 -2018 preseason. While it seems that the NBA offseason has been about the super teams becoming more super. Teams one upping each other by bringing in more super star talent, the Wizards offseason has can be summed up in one word. Continuity. The Wizards are bringing back the core of the team, with all 5 starters returning, the Wizards are building chemistry, continuity and stability. Here are a few things to catch you up on all you need to know before the Wizards preseason tips on October 2nd.
Markeiff Morris is out 6-8 weeks to start the season. On September 22nd Markieff Morris under went sports hernia surgery and the initial timetable for return is 6-8 weeks. That will put Morris out of the regular season anywhere between 2-4 weeks. That means he is going to be out for about 7-14 games. The Wizards have to find a way to get production out of players like Mike Scott or Jason Smith. Or that could mean that Kelly Oubre gets extended playing time if the Wizards decide to go smaller with Otto playing more in the stretch four role. This isn’t necessarily ideal as it puts the Wizards in a tough test right out of the gate.
Otto Porter has bulked up. Porter was one of the thinner players on the Wizards last year, and it looks like he has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason. Judge for yourself on the picture below. This is by all means going to help Porter. After getting signed to a max contract this offseason Porter is due for a big year. Porter has had all the talent needed to make him a star in the NBA and this season is his year to prove it to the rest of NBA. Otto has been a rising star for the past 3 years and this year I think he takes that big step forward and solidifies himself as the third all-star on the team.
2016 media day on the left and 2017 media day on the right. Courtesy of Rob Carr/Getty Images and Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images and bulletsforever
Tim Frazier may be the backup point guard we have been looking for. The Wizards have had a revolving door at the back up point guard spot. The Andre Miller, Ramon Sessions, Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky, Brandon Jennings door seems to have been resolved, for now, with the signing of Tim Frazier. Tim has already built chemistry with John Wall and Bradley Beal and seems like he is set up to succeed here in Washington D.C. The key for Tim is to stay healthy. (Tim has already suffered a mild groin injury and will at least miss time in preseason) His best ability has to be availability.
Ian Mahinmi has slimmed down. After missing 51 games last year due to knee and calf injuries, Mahinmi has slimmed down this offseason in hopes of improving his overall health. The slimmed down version of Mahinmi will help in in the pick and roll defense and his (hopeful) improved ability to guard the perimeter. Mahinmi’s defensive presence should help the team. Again as with Tim Frazier, Mahinmi’s best ability has to be availability.
The Cavs are getting more superstars, see D. Wade. The Celtics are also getting more superstars, Kyrie and Hayward. The Wizards are staying put and building from within. While on paper everyone is going to be picking one of the 2 super teams, while the Wizards are going to be contending in the east. There is something to be said about continuity and the way that Coach Brooks develops players. The Wizards backcourt combo is one of the best in the league, Gortat seems like he found a new energy, and this team is going to be exciting to watch! We are so excited to be covering the Wizards this season! Let’s get excited #dcFamily!