Early Predictions for Washington Wizards' Starting Lineup This Season

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Early Predictions for Washington Wizards' Starting Lineup This Season
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Besides Trevor Ariza, the Washington Wizards are bringing back the starting lineup that took them to the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, the team's first trip to the playoffs since the 2007-08 season.

Last season, the Washington Wizards' success completely relied on the production of the starters. 

Even without Nene for 19 games, Washington's starters scored the seventh-most points per game (74.6) of any team's starters, according to HoopStats.com

The starting rotation that generally featured John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene, Trevor Booker when Nene was hurt and Marcin Gortat scored more points per game than Oklahoma City's, Miami's and Dallas' starters. 

Early in the offseason, it looked as if the Wizards were going to bite the bullet on overpaying for Gortat and Ariza to retain that starting lineup. While Gortat ended up getting his new deal, Washington's front office drew a line on Ariza's deal that it wouldn't cross and ended up letting him go to Houston

Literally hours after the Ariza news came down, Paul Pierce took his place in the starting lineup, signing a surprising two-year deal with the Wizards. 

Now with free agency basically complete for the Wizards, we can look at what the starting lineup will look like when the first game of the season rolls around in late October. 

These are the predictions for each starter plus the sixth man, how they looked last year, what they need to improve upon if the Wizards want to go further in the playoffs and their statistical projections for the upcoming season. 

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