NBA Podcast: Complete 2012-2013 Season Preview for Washington Wizards

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorAugust 13, 2012

This way to basketball relevance...
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After completely revamping their starting five around John Wall, are the Washington Wizards ready to become relevant again?

In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Wizards.

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Will top-flight rookie Bradley Beal win the starting shooting guard spot alongside Wall, or will Jordan Crawford hang on for yet another year? How will the small forward rotation shake out between Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely?

Can newcomers Emeka Okafor and Nene play together on the front line? Will they stunt the growth of promising bigs Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker?

Coach Randy Wittman got this team to play hard down the stretch last year, but is he capable of being anything more than an interim leader?

Did the Wizards mortgage their future in order to become a fringe contender for the next few seasons? Can they be a legitimate playoff threat in 2013?

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