The Washington Wizards just lost the most important game in their recent history, but there’s absolutely nothing to be sorry about or regret, as the future’s bright in the capital, as the Wizards keep improving on a yearly basis and they’re poised for stardom if they can build around this group and keep their young core together.
The additions of Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr, Kelly Oubre Jr. have really boosted a roster that was meant to be built around John Wall, while the arrival of Scott Brooks and proven veterans like Brandon Jennings and Bojan Bogdanovic really improved the Wizards.
Still, it feels like the team lacks a bit of veteran leadership, as Morris is really hot-headed and loses his mind easily, while Marcin Gortat has a tendency to disappear when his team needs him the most.
So, after a very interesting season, let’s take a look at the top 5 players that could definitely help John Wall – the best point guard in the East – reach the NBA finals for the first time in his promising career.
Millsap is set to try Free Agency after failed stints with an Atlanta Hawks team that is years away from actual contention, and even if the Wizards aren’t there quite yet, they’re just a few pieces away from achieving something great.
The veteran power forward would definitely be an improvement over Morris, although he could also lead the second unit and be one of the steadiest 6th men of the year candidates, being a proven winner on both ends of the court.
Ibaka’s far from the defensive monster he once was, although his offensive game has rounded up pretty well, and he proved that he can still be a very productive and important player on both ends of the floor towards the end of the season with the Toronto Raptors.
Pairing Gortat with Ibaka would provide them with probably the best pick and roll defense in the East, while they’ll thrive to have Morris on the bench instead of struggling with early foul trouble like he’s done through most of the season.
Just like Serge, Tucker completely deserved a big paycheck thanks to his performances with the Toronto Raptors, being one of the most important players for Casey’s defense while also providing much needed three-point shooting.
Of Course, Tucker has never been known for his offense, but he’s shown that he’s more than willing to put his body on the line every single play, hustling to gain position and rebounds while also being a great wing defender.
If they don’t land PJ Tucker, the best 3 & D option remaining would definitely be the former Thunder, as the Swiss veteran has proven to be one of the peskiest defenders in the league, although he’s a complete nonfactor on offense.
Bringing Thabo along wouldn’t change their starting five, but he could provide a lot of help on defense against smaller guards like Isaiah Thomas or Kyrie Irving while taking some pressure off Beal’s and Wall’s shoulders on defense.
Last but not least, we have one of the greatest “what ifs” in the recent NBA, as Green’s talent isn’t to be taken lightly, but his performances over his entire career have let down a lot of people, so he could thrive here as nobody would actually expect much from him.
Green’s a streaky scorer and can put up huge numbers any given night, although his lack of consistency has really stalled his development. Nonetheless’ as Oubre’s still a little rough, he could be a minor boost in their rotation when they decide to play small ball.