2010 Washington Wizards Preview
What a tough season for the Washington Wizards. It started with losing their best player, Gilbert Arenas for the season. Then they only managed 4 wins and the coach got the axe as Eddie Jordan was asked to step down. The Wizards had high hopes in the early going and through camp slowly realized they were going nowhere and managed just 19 wins on the year. The good news is that it can only get better.
In comes Flip Saunders as the new head coach and although he had issues in Detroit his track record speaks for itself and he is a good catch for this team that actually has some talent. A healthy Gilbert Arenas will only help as this team marches towards the season openers and they had a few pick up in the off-season.
The Wizards were active in the off-season acquiring guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller. This was not a bad move and they had to move some draft picks to get them, but they will be deeper and will actually have a solid starting lineup on the floor when the season starts.
In a deep Eastern conference with powerhouses it is an accomplishment to just make the playoffs. The Wizards have talent beyond Arenas as Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison held the fort last year. Jamison actually had some impressive games where he showed that he could shoulder the scoring burden. That “big three” along with the new head coach should get the Wizards a spot in the playoffs. Don’t look for anything higher than a 7th seed and they will have to fight to get there but look for an improved year from the Wizards.