Are John Wall and the Washington Wizards Heading in the Right Direction?

Mark EvansCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards looks on against the Oklahoma City Thunderduring the second half at the Verizon Center on March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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To say the least, the Washington Wizards have undergone a total makeover during the past few years.

Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson headline the list of players who have been shipped out of town in the midst of a rebuilding process.

The Wizards now feature former number one pick John Wall, along with center Javale McGee and recent draft pick Jan Vesely.

Many people, myself included, strongly believe that Wall will be a franchise player for years to come. In his rookie year, he quietly averaged 16 points, 8 assists and 2 steals. Not too shabby for a rookie with limited offensive help. No offense, Andray Blatche. Wall is one of those point guards that you just love to watch.

Javale McGee is a freakish athlete who has huge potential in a league that lacks elite centers. He certainly needs to mature and become a more consistent player, but that may just come with time and practice. Could he be a 15 point/10 rebound/2 block player? I don't see why not.

Other than those two players, however, there are a lot of question marks.

Rashard Lewis is just a bloated contract who doesn't seem to have a ton of game left in him. As a side note, the owners wonder why they might be losing money. Don't give Rashard Lewis $110 million!

Andray Blatche is obviously a very talented offensive player, but his effort is questionable at best. He may be most valuable as a trade asset, where the Wizards could receive some quality players and/or draft picks in return.

Jordan Crawford and Nick Young have both proved that they are very capable of scoring out of the shooting guard position. How much they improve is yet to be seen, but both could be very good players.

The best part? Pretty much all of their core players are very young.

I expect this upcoming season to be a development season, and I wouldn't hold your breath for a playoff berth.

The Wizards certainly have talented, young players. How they mesh them all together and form a team is to be seen.

But they're heading in the right direction.

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