After the signing of Otto Porter Jr. to a max contract, the Wizards roster sits filled with 15 players on the active roster. The Wizards did not make any changes to their starting lineup of Wall, Beal, Porter, Morris, and Gortat, but GM Ernie Grunfeld added a few players who they hope will be able to improve last season’s terrible bench performance.
At guard, the Wizards have their backcourt tandem of Wall and Beal with additions Tim Frazier and Jodie Meeks coming off the bench. Traded for the #52 overall pick in this years draft from the Pelicans, Frazier averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 23.5 MPG, and the Wizards believe that they finally have a good backup for John Wall. Jodie Meeks, the newly added shooting guard, averaged 9.1 points and 2 rebounds on 20.5 MPG for the Magic last year. Additionally, Tomas Satoransky will look to receive increased minutes in the backcourt after Trey Burke and Brandon Jennings’ departure.
In the front court, Porter, Morris, and Gortat will remain the starters. However, the loss of sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic will mean increased numbers for Kelly Oubre Jr., who was inconsistent on offense at times. Hopefully, his shooting stroke will improve from 28.7% from the line last season, and his offense will develop alongside his already good defense. At the 4, Jason Smith will look to continue to stretch the floor and make outside shots as he did last season. Center Ian Mahinmi, Gortat’s backup, will look to be on the court more this season after only appearing in 31 games this past season. When he did play, he averaged 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.9 MPG. The Wizards hope that being healthy for all of this season will improve his chemistry with the team after admittedly poor play last season.
Other players who will likely not be part of the regular rotation include Sheldon McClellan, Chris McCullough, Daniel Ochefu, and Mike Scott. Additionally, the Wizards have signed Michael Young and Devin Robinson to two-way contracts, allowing them to develop in the G-League, most likely on the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers affiliate.
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