The Wiz Kids will be balling again soon. Oh happy days!
Six months after it started, the lockout looks to be ending. If all goes according to plan, December 9th will be the start of training camps, free agency and the yearly pro-basketball hype machine.
After months of wondering what this iteration of the Wizards would look like on the court—and not just in their brand spankin’ new-ish uniforms—we are finally close to finding out. A lot of youngsters, a lot of new pieces and a lot of rust to shake off in less than a month makes this quite a variable exercise.
While the team looks to be one of the more exciting in the league (if also one of the less competitive), what can we reasonably expect from them during the season? The roster isn’t set (will Nick Young still be a Wizard in three weeks?), and injuries can impact and derail the season in unpredictable ways (see: your 2010-11 squad). But out of the prognostic fog, I intend to pull down some startlingly accurate predictions about player stat-lines.*
The next 10 slides detail what I think currently locked-in Wizards will be able to produce this season. Because of potential injuries and trades, individual totals will not add up to "team totals" (for reference, if you look up scoring averages for last season, the total is around 182 points per game…though mine will not be so egregious).
So please, allow a bit of leeway, while also enjoying my season box score for the Washington Wizards.
*Results may vary, see your local psychic for details.