5 Biggest Issues Facing Washington Wizards in 2014 Offseason

5 Biggest Issues Facing Washington Wizards in 2014 Offseason

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The Washington Wizards had one of their most successful seasons in 2013-14 of the last decade. They finally took a step forward, making the playoffs and winning in the first round against the Chicago Bulls. For them to take the next step in their development, there are still some things that need to be done. Here are the five biggest issues facing the Wizards in the 2014 offseason.

5. Third Point Guard

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5. Third Point Guard

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The Wizards have the uber-talented John Wall starting at PG. Last season, the PG position behind Wall was a mess as Eric Maynor struggled mightily. Andre Miller was brought in via trade to shore things up, and that’s what he did. Miller is a nice veteran presence to have backing up Wall. One of the last things they need to fill out their roster this season is to add a third point guard. Garrett Temple could be brought back.

4. Distributing Big Man Minutes

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4. Distributing Minutes To Big Men

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The Wizards added quite a few big men to their roster this offseason after retaining Marcin Gortat. They also brought in Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to join Nene, Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden. There is also a chance they could bring back Al Harrington as well. How head coach Randy Wittman distributes minutes amongst all these options will be important as he knows what he will get out of his talented backcourt.

3. Martell Webster Injury

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3. Martell Webster Injury

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The Wizards’ backup SF will miss 3-5 months after having microdisectomy surgery in late June. This is the third surgery Webster has had on his back in his career. Back injuries are what hurt Webster early on in his career when he was on the Minnesota Timberwolves, and having any reoccurring injury problems are always rough. The Wizards will miss his ability to stretch the court with his perimeter shooting as long as he’s out for.

2. What Does Paul Pierce Have Left?

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2. What Does Paul Pierce Have Left?

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The Wizards made one of the more surprising moves this offseason, signing Paul Pierce from the Brooklyn Nets. The Los Angeles Clippers were in on Pierce too, but he chose the upstart Wizards. Like Kevin Garnett, Pierce saw a drop off across the board, playing career-low minutes and scoring the least PPG in his career. Does he have anything left in the tank? The only thing he may give the Wizards this season is a veteran, winning presence.

1. Heightened Expectations

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1. Heightened Expectations

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The Wizards took the NBA by storm last season, surprising many with their run into the second round of the playoffs. Teams will not be taking them lightly this upcoming season as a result. With the Miami Heat weakened with LeBron James' departure, the Wizards could find themselves in the running for the Southeast Division also. Handling the expectations and continuing to grow as a team is the biggest issue facing this up-and-coming squad.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network.

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