2021-2022 Record: 35-47 (Missed Playoffs)
2022-2023 Projected Record: 35-47
The Washington Wizards had a disappointing season in 2021-2022, finishing outside of the Play-In and below .500 for the 4th straight season. There is optimism this year as the Wizards made moves both at the trade deadline and in the off-season to retool the roster and make a run to the Playoffs. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming season for the Washington Wizards.
Key Losses: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Thomas Bryant, Raul Neto
Key Additions: Monte Morris, Will Barton, Delon Wright, Taj Gibson
Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Monte Morris
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Will Barton
PF – Kyle Kuzma
C – Kristaps Porzingis
2022-2023 Season Preview
General manager Tommy Shepperd has completely retooled the Wizards roster acquiring Kristaps Porzingus from the Dallas Mavericks during last season to prove to Bradley Beal that Washington is serious about making a playoff run. He continued his hot streak on trading for talent ready to win in the offseason by swapping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for Monte Morris and Will Barton from the Denver Nuggets. These moves were enough to convince Beal to resign for a SuperMax to lead a newly deep team in an equally deep Eastern Conference.
Coach Wes Unseld Jr will have to answer several questions to ensure the Wizards retool is a success. Can they ensure the development of the youth on the roster? Can Deni Advija take a leaping challenge for a lead role off the bench? Will Monte Morris excel as a starting point guard after playing with Nikola Jokic in Denver? These questions will have to be settled for the Wizards to have a chance at a playoff seed, as is the health of both Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis.