Predicting Washington Wizards’ Final 15-Man Roster
John Wall And 14 Other Men Make Up This Washington Wizards Roster
If the Washington Wizards could have John Wall line up at all five starting spots, this team could be very good. Sadly, that’s not the case for the Wizards, but they do have a few promising players worth talking about. Eric Maynor is coming into Washington to play backup to Wall, and could even see quality minutes as backup to Bradley Beal. Two young guys by the name of Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. can change the wing position for the Wizards for years to come if they develop into quality players. For the time being, Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza are on the roster too, so Porter and Rice don’t have to be lights-out immediately.
The Wizards have a lot of depth on the inside of the paint. Nene, Trevor Booker, Al Harrington, Jan Vesely, Emeka Okafor and Kevin Seraphin are all likely to make the team, but not all of them can fit into the rotation. Nene and Okafor will get the starts and Seraphin will likely get the main backup center minutes, but the power forward position isn’t as easy to predict. No one stands out as the dominant backup, so the team may go with a backup by committee.
Washington isn’t a very talented team, and no one outside of Wall strike much fear in the opposition, but if things fall right for the Wizards, they may be able to sneak into the bottom half of the eastern conference standings.
Now, let’s look at the 15-man roster for the Wizards.
John Wall will need to carry this team again this year. Maynor is one of the better backups in the NBA, and he'll get minutes at both the point and shooting guard positions.
Beal will be the opening day starter and hopefully he develops more in his second year in the league. Temple could get backup minutes, but I expect Trevor Ariza or Martell Webster to play some shooting guard this year for the Wizards.
Glen Rice Jr.
First-round pick Otto Porter could very well be the future for the Wizards at the small forward position. Ariza and Webster will likely see playing time at both small forward and shooting guard. Glen Rice is a sleeper, and if he's anything like his dad, teams better look out.
Nene is the default starter due to a lot of players, but not a whole lot of talent at this position. Backup minutes will likely be split between all players until one or two show they deserve a bigger share.
This is the closest positional competition this team has. Okafor will be the starter, but Seraphin can take more and more minutes away from him as the season progresses.