Even if the Wizards let Jason Collins walk, they’ll still have three solid bigs. Those bigs are one of the main reasons that they were in the top ten in rebounding in 2013.
At the offensive end of things, they have Nene. Nene has career per-48 minutes numbers of 20.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. Nene actually had his worst shooting performance of his career in 2013, but if he can return to his career levels of 55 percent (third-best among active players), the Wizards will be greatly improved on offense.
Nene is completed at the defensive end by Emeka Okafor (pictured), who is coming off his sixth season of three-plus defensive win shares. Okafor posted per-48 minutes numbers of 16.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks last season, a career-low 3.3 fouls per 48 minutes, and is still only going to be 31 this season.
And don’t forget Kevin Seraphin. Seraphin also posted per-48 minutes numbers north of 20 points and 9 rebounds. This followed up a 2012 Olympics where he recorded per-48 numbers of 19.2 points, 8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks on 54.8 percent shooting. He turns 24 during this season, meaning his best years are still probably ahead of him, especially if he can get his personal foul numbers under control.
If the Wizards’ bigs play up to their potential, Washington will again be a contender, since few other teams boast their depth at big.
Seraphim’s international stats courtesy of FIBA.com; Win shares stat courtesy of Basketball-reference.com.