Washington Wizards: Why the Wizards Should Be Feared Heading into 2012-13 Season

Darryl FetzCorrespondent IIJuly 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards looks up at the video board while standing next to head coach Randy Wittman during the second half against the Orlando Magic at the Verizon Center on February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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As the offseason heats up, many NBA teams are not sure who will be on their team next season. The Wizards made their moves earlier on, and their roster is fairly locked in for next season. 

There are a few questions the Wizards must answer coming into next season if they hope to make the playoffs. If recent draft pick Bradley Beal can keep up the shooting he showed in the NCAA tournament, and Jordan Crawford can improve as the team's sixth man, the backcourt should be in good shape. 

WIth Trevor Ariza and Chris Singleton the Wizards have two players that play hard on defense on the wing, but are not offensive weapons. In the front court, the Wizards added Emeka Okafor to the recently acquired Nene, and have a plethora of young developing big men.

One of the biggest things the Wizards must do this offseason is continue to develop players such as Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely. All three of these players have the potential to be solid role players in Washington, but must continue improving.

Another player to look out for this next season is Cartier Martin. Martin has had three stints with the Wizards, and in 17 games last year, he averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. He is a good role player who should be able to give Ariza and Singleton some breathing room. 

Why should any of this make teams fearful of the Wizards? John Wall. So far in his NBA career, Wall has been getting by on his incredible athleticism. With a full offseason and training camp this year, and the continued presence of Sam Cassell as an assistant coach, Wall should learn how to control the offense more efficiently. The additions of Okafor, Nene and Ariza should also have a positive effect on Wall.

In years past, he was surrounded by talented but young players like Nick Young and JaVale McGee. With the young players shipped out and veterans brought in, Wall should be able to mature at a faster rate and pair his athleticism with an improving game. 

The Eastern Conference is getting better this year, with New York, Brooklyn and Toronto all looking like they could make significant jumps in the standings. Making the playoffs will be a tough task for Washington, but in my opinion, I think they will be contending for one of the final playoff spots.