Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 50-32 The Bet: Above marginal confidence
Why expect a drop in the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. continues to be trending up. Each man is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of the triumvirate while trying to assert himself as a premier talent at his respective position. Wall is currently there, and another two aren’t far behind.
And if you’re worried about the bench, do not worry –not for the reason you may expect.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely squandered leads and dug inescapable holes for the starters. This year’s chair set should not be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott are not exactly marquee additions. And that’s almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are poor. We are aware that much. On the other hand, the starters are still in place, along with the Wizards posted an 8.1 net rating annually when Wall,” Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the floor together. Even with the putridity supporting them, they pulled their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this year, particularly when the team was in the second half than through the year’s opening salvo?
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