The Washington Wizards are coming into the next NBA season after a very unusual past couple of years. The squad from the capital has been in disarray for a couple of seasons now, with increasing rumors about trading star guard Bradley Beal surrounding the team constantly.
Additionally, now-former Wizards guard John Wall completely failed to live up to his huge contract extension, leading the team to trading him to the Houston Rockets for guard Russell Westbrook before last season began. However, Westbrook was traded away to the Los Angeles Lakers after one year in the capital, despite another triple-double average on the season.
The Westbrook trade brought Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell to the Wizards. While some of these players had disappointing years, they still have major chips on their shoulders and should have a productive bounce-back year, playing in a much more relaxed environment in Washington. Additionally, the team added Spencer Dinwiddie from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade. The point guard has only recently recovered from a partially torn ACL and he will definitely be an important piece going forward.
While Bradley Beal remains the star of the team, should the Wizards decide against cashing in on him, other players will need to step up in a major way if the squad wants to make an impact in the upcoming season. Thankfully for the fans of the franchise, there is a lot of talent on this roster and, even more importantly, much room for improvement.
In this article we will look at the Wizards x factor for the season.
Most of the focus will be on how Beal and Dinwiddie work together in the backcourt, which is completely understandable. However, as was mentioned above, this team is full of talent and full of guys with major chips on their shoulders, meaning that there could be some surprises coming out of Washington this year. Two players that could have a huge impact on the upcoming season and its success are Kyle Kuzma and Rui Hachimura.