Predicted Finish For Washington Wizards: 2009-10
ANALYST COMMENT PREDICTIONS
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com | Adande's picksThey'll have the team they wanted last season ... and will discover it's a lot like the team they had a few years ago. Middle of the playoff pack in the East, only with fewer blogs.
Jon Barry, ESPN | Barry's picksI loved their offseason. Miller and Foye are great additions and if Arenas can stay healthy, this is small ball at its finest. A couple of years ago, this team was off the charts. They are going to be a matchup problem for everyone.
Chris Broussard, ESPN Mag | Broussard's picksObviously, Gilbert Arenas must stay healthy. Without him at full strength, the Wiz may not even make the playoffs. But with him at full-bore, they're just a notch below the EC elite. Says here Agent Zero will stun many with his playmaking abilities and prove he's still one of the league's best.
Chad Ford, ESPN.com | Ford's picksThe Wizards were awful without Arenas. But now that he's healthy they have a chance to be dangerous in the East. Arenas is a game-changer, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are excellent sidekicks and the additions of Randy Foye and Mike Miller really strengthened the bench.
Jemele Hill, ESPN.com Page 2 | Hill's picksAgent Zero has promised to be less mouthy, but this still strikes me as a team that would rather talk a big game than win one. As long as Arenas' knees hold up, the Wizards are assured to double last season's win total. Going further depends on their moody superstar.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com | Hollinger's picksI'm a big Flip Saunders believer, but I also believe the Wiz have overrated their talent -- who else goes all-in after winning 19 games? Look for yet another .500-type campaign from the Arenas-Butler-Jamison nucleus.
Jalen Rose, ESPN | Rose's picksNew coach Flip Saunders will make sure he tailors his offense to suit Agent Zero, Butler and Jamison. This will be the most improved team in the league.
Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com | Sheridan's picksWe'll miss you, Hibachi/Agent Zero/Uberblogger -- if you stick to your guns and keep your mouth closed all season. But the guess here is the mime act/silent treatment ends by mid-January en route to 44 wins and the playoffs.
Marc Stein, ESPN.com | Stein's picksEven as a longtime Flip fan, allow me to tap the breaks. The Arenas/Butler/Jamison core had a limited ceiling even at their youthful and healthiest best. Playoffs? For sure. But you can't automatically call the Wiz a top-10 team.
David Thorpe, ESPN.com | Thorpe's picksIf there's a dark horse team, it's this one. New coaching will help on both sides of the ball and Arenas makes a difference. But if Foye and Blatche, two guys with talent and something to prove, can step forward, then all of a sudden they'll go from obscurity to the playoff hunt.
Follow our NBA coverage on Twitter here.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Source: Jackson 'ready to go back to work'
- Rockets turn on burners in 3rd, rout Pacers
- Sources: Lakers not ready to fire D'Antoni
- Noah, Anthony decline to discuss 'gossip'
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Sparo Men's Washington Wizards Ghost Watch
- NBA Home
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Bobcats
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Heat Index
ESPN.com: Help | Press | Advertise on ESPN.com | Sales Media Kit | Interest-Based Ads | Corrections | Contact Us | Site Map | Jobs at ESPN | Go.com