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Washington Wizards: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014-15 Season

Washington Wizards: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014-15 Season

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The Washington Wizards were great during the 2013-14 season. This offseason is a turning point in the franchise, and by eliminating the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2013-14 playoffs, Washington proved to everyone around the league that they are serious and will only be getting better from here on out. Here are five bold predictions for Washington for the 2014-15 NBA season.

5. The Wizards Will Become One Of The Elite Defensive Teams

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5. The Wizards Will Become One Of The Elite Defensive Teams

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During the 2013-14 regular season, the Wizards had a defensive rating of 102.4 and grabbed 75 percent of defensive rebounds. During the playoffs, Washington had a defensive rating of 98.2 and held their opponents to 43 percent from field goal range. Both numbers were the best of any team to play in the postseason. With each game, Washington's defense gets stronger. I expect them to be one of the best defensive teams during the 2014-15 season.

4. Washington Wizards Will Make Eastern Conference Finals

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4. Washington Wizards Will Make Eastern Conference Finals

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Last season, the Wizards were eliminated in the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. John Wall has openly said that the team's main objective next season will be to make it further than the semis, so don't be surprised to see the Wizards playing in the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2014-15 NBA season.

3. John Wall Will Average A Double-Double

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3. John Wall Will Average A Double-Double

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During the 2013-14 season, John Wall had 29 double-doubles. He averaged 17.7 PPG and 8.3 APG. With the Wizards being an overall better team and Wall maturing at a fast rate, I am expecting him to be in double-double figures nightly.

2. Otto Porter Jr. Will Win Most Improved Player

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2. Otto Porter Jr. Will Win Most Improved Player

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Otto Porter Jr. did not play much in his rookie season. For Washington, Porter only averaged 2.1 PPG and 1.5 RPG. During the 2014-15 NBA season, I am expecting Porter to be more comfortable and break out of his shell. He will play so well that he will win the 2014-15 Most Improved Player award.

1. Randy Wittman Will Win Coach of the Year Award

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1. Randy Wittman Will Win Coach of the Year Award

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Randy Wittman recently received a contract extension for three years and million. Last season, he had a winning percentage of 53.7 percent. Wittman has helped created a winning mentality in a team that has struggled for a long time, and his patience has been key. I predict that he will have his best year ever as coach during the 2014-15 season, and it will take him the Coach of the Year Award.