In the three days leading up to the Wizards first game, I’m gonna have three posts: what to take away from the preseason, realistic hopes for next season, and expectations for next season.
This preseason was very interesting and was actually very promising for the Wizards. The most interesting thing I took away from it was how Jeff Green was able to be such a factor. Jeff fit right in with our team and he showed signs of being able to do everything we wanted him to. I think he was one of the most overlooked signings of this offseason and he will surprise people with how well he’s playing and producing based on this preseason. Another thing to look at was how the ball was moving even with John Wall on the court. Normally when John Wall is on the floor, the ball doesn’t move much. It stays stagnant while he dribbles the ball looking for an opening to drive to the basket and kick it out or try to draw a foul. In the preseason, though, even while he was on the court everyone was touching the ball and sharing ball handling responsibilities, allowing him to get looks in the high post while he could also iso whenever he wanted and do his normal thing. It’s a great change that hopefully will stay throughout the season. Ian Mahinmi was very interesting this offseason, as he actually produced fantastically. I have always been very low on Mahinmi and always thought he was generally a bad player, but this preseason he’s really stepped it up. He was shooting some threes which is always good and he was getting rebounds and playing well on defense while also finishing around the rim. If he can keep this up he will be a solid backup center. Otto Porter’s preseason was one of the most promising things of the whole offseason. Otto Porter was being much more aggressive with his shooting, which is really what this Wizards team needs to succeed. He was taking many more threes which was fantastic and he was staying as efficient as always. If he can keep this up, the Wizards could possibly be an elite team this season.