The Washington Wizards look like they may be able to contend for a playoff spot very soon in the Eastern Conference. With a fantastic young group of core players set in place, they could be one of the more entertaining teams to watch this next season. John Wall, Bradley Beal and rookie Otto Porter Jr. should make for quite a fun 1-3 lineup and Wizards fans have to be excited.
Where the youth movement stops, at the moment, is down low. Center Emeka Okafor will likely remain in the lineup this year and right now the starting power forward spot belongs to veteran Nene Hilario. With a couple of young guys behind Nene, specifically, there might be reason to believe Hilario could be better suited either on the bench or on another team soon.
Both Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker have shown promise as young big men when given minutes, and either might be a decent option to start and be given more minutes in 2013.
Booker and Seraphin shoot the ball in the area of 48-50 percent and with much younger and at times more athletic bodies, these two would be solid candidates to receive more minutes and even a starting spot next to Okafor. The Wizards are in the midst of a youth movement and it might be worth a shot to get these guys involved more.
With Wall continuing to develop his game, getting him younger and more athletic big men could be a big help in the long run. Washington has a nice core of pretty youthful players, and with chemistry already built between Wall and Beal, it’s time to begin working on his future front court.
Not to say the Wizards wouldn’t use a future draft pick on a stud big man out of college, but for now Seraphin and Booker are worth a try. Nene is on his way downhill and hasn’t played a full season since 2009. Actually, he’s suffered health issues for the majority of his career. Washington would be wise to give the job to a younger guy in effort to keep building toward future success.