John Wall has been the face of Wizards hope ever since they drafted him first overall in 2010.
After playing all 66 games last season, Wall has been spending every game sitting on the bench in street clothes this year, nursing a stress in his left knee.
It looks like he has to shed some pounds to get back into shape, but having him in the lineup would still be a tremendous help for the Wizards.
If Wall can continue to practice without pain in his knee, he will make his 2012-13 season debut on Jan.12 against the Atlanta Hawks.
What Washington has been missing was a true floor general comfortable with leading the offense. That is what Beal lacked, and having Wall back will help fix that.
We shouldn't expect Wall to immediately spring back to his numbers from 2011-12 (16.3 points and 8 assists per game), but there's no denying the excitement he brings to the Verizon Center.
Nene Hilario is another player who has been plagued by injuries. Out of the Wizards' 33 games, Nene has only played 20.
Yet, his 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, plus his ferocious defensive enthusiasm, are being vastly missed right now. He is still listed as day-to-day and is questionable to play against the Hawks.
Having both back will not bring their record to .500 any time soon, if at all.
But if they can keep Wall and Nene healthy, plus continue to base their offense around the development of Beal and power forward Kevin Seraphin, Washington will not be a joke to the league anymore.