Washington Wizards Need Upgrades To Continue Upward Trend

By Thomas Jones

The Washington Wizards have been playing a good brand of basketball for the last few weeks. Yes, they did endure a losing streak within that time frame but the wins exceed the losses. That means that once healthy, the Wizards realized that they actually are on the right track as a team. This team may have contested for a playoff spot but are far from championship ready. With that being said, Ernie Grunfeld has to work this summer on shoring up a few areas in order for this team to step it up another level come next season.

First thing is first, the Wizards need to figure out what to do with Jordan Crawford. While Crawford can keep you in a game he just as well can shoot you out of one. It would be in the best interest of the team to move him by the trade deadline for another young prospect or pick. Crawford’s style doesn’t fit within the team first mentality that has developed with the return of John Wall.

Resigning Martell Webster this summer should also be a priority. Webster has shown that he has recovered from past injuries and has helped stretch the floor with his shooting. Webster has also shown a willingness to commit to the defensive end of the floor thus keeping him in the starting lineup even with the return of Trevor Ariza from injury. Webster also provides the Wizards with flexibility in the case of acquiring or drafting a big time player to play small forward as he is also productive when serving in a bench role. He was a key cog in the Wizards having one of the highest scoring benches at the beginning of the season.

Next thing on the list is finding young big men to push then eventually replace Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario. Both veteran big men are playing at a high level right now but father time catches up to everyone, eventually. While Kevin Seraphin is still a work in progress, he is more of an offensive force than defensive presence. Finding a big man who can dominate the boards and defensive side of the ball should also be on the Wizards’ radar. If the team continues along this path of not having a dominant scorer whom the team can ride on the shoulders of most nights then they need to make sure that defense is what they hang their proverbial hat on.


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