For the first time since the "Big Three" era, which was led by the triumvirate of Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and the infamous Gilbert Arenas, the Washington Wizards are talented enough to not only compete for a winning record, but create some major headlines with their improved roster.
With the new acquisitions of swingman Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor, both sent over from New Orleans for forward Rashard Lewis and a second-round pick, the Wizards have a solid team composed of established veterans and blossoming prospects.
The most promising addition for the Wizards, though, may be a player who has not even suited up as a professional yet. Bradley Beal, this year's third-overall draft pick out of the University of Florida, can score in a multitude of ways due to his NBA-ready skill set, and he has even drawn comparisons to guards Eric Gordon and Ray Allen.
The franchise's starting lineup is one of the most promising cores in the entire Association. Okafor, Beal and Ariza, along with franchise centerpiece John Wall and Nenê Hilário, comprise a group that will strike fear in the eyes of Eastern Conference foes.
Washington's bench isn't too shabby either. A second unit—comprised of Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker, Jan Veselý, Chris Singleton, Cartier Martin, Jordan Crawford and Shelvin Mack—is young, but it also possesses the ability to put up a multitude of points in a flash.
Simply put, Washington's massive rebuilding phase has finally paid off, as Wizards coach Randy Wittman has a strong team that will shock the rest of the Eastern Conference.