Wizards at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Etan Thomas
Thomas
No-brainers: Arenas, Hughes, Jamison. Brainer: Etan Thomas, who'll see more than 24 mpg this year. Nice late-rounder.

The Wiz nucleus (Gilbert Arenas, Larry Hughes, Antawn Jamison) played together in Golden State three years ago -- and went 21-61. Will they fare better in Washington? Much depends on whether Kwame Brown can reach his potential.

The Big Three have enough O to keep the Wizards in the playoff hunt, but only if they learn to focus on the other end of the floor.

Roster analysis
The starters: None of these guys has reached his potential ... yet.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Kwame Brown Finally showed flashes last season. Time to show a lot more 6
SF Antawn Jamison Sixth Man of the Year is a starter again 8
C Brendan Haywood Started 59 games, but averaged only 19 minutes per 5
SG Larry Hughes Here's a Wizard who knows how to disappear 6
PG Gilbert Arenas Can score (19.6 ppg), but can he get people involved? 7
BENCH A second five of good young players (Thomas, Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Jarvis Hayes, Jared Jeffries), plus a veteran shooter (Anthony Peeler). 5
TOTAL 37
*-out of 10