The Washington Wizards enter training camp at George Mason University on Tuesday with a roster full of fresh faces, but is an overhauled roster enough to make a significant difference on the court? Here are five things that need to happen:
1.High picks must play up to draft status
Bradley Beal (the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft) and/or Jan Vesely (the No. 6 pick in 2011) don’t need to be superstars, but they will need to become dependable options, especially while John Wall recovers from his knee injury.
2.Nene must play
The Wizards were 7-4 with the Brazilian big man on the floor and 3-8 without him after last season’s midseason trade. So he is a difference-maker. The Wizards plan to be cautious with Nene through training camp and the preseason as he recovers from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
3.Coach Randy Wittman has to bring it all together