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3 Immediate Needs The Wizards Must Address Before Playoffs

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3 Things The Washington Wizards Need To Address

The Washington Wizards need to address a few things before they start the second half of the season.

Wednesday night the Wizards will close out the first half of the season against the New York Knicks. Washington has had an interesting season, to say the least. The Wizards currently hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 32-24 record.

January 30th, the Washington Post reported that John Wall would have to have surgery on his knee causing him to miss six to eight weeks. Missing Wall for six to eight weeks will hurt this team in both the long and short-term. However, it is better that the team loses their leader now rather than weeks before the playoffs.

The former Kentucky Wildcat could be back on the court by the end of March or early April depending on rehab and proper healing.

However, for now, the Wizards have three immediate needs that they need to address to survive without their all-star guard.

Washington Wizards Need 1: Sign Ramon Sessions or Derrick Rose:

After the Wiz Kids 101-90 won against the Chicago Bulls, the team witnessed injuries to second-year guard/forward Tomas Satoransky and guard Tim Frazier. Both injuries occurred in separate collisions with Bulls forward Bobby Portis.

Frazier suffered a fractured nose after losing his balance and colliding with Portis’ knee. Second-year player Satoransky finished the game with a career-high 25 points, before being fouled out of the air by Portis and hitting his head on the court.

Both players are listed as day-to-day. According to the Washington Post, the franchise has interest in both Sessions and Rose.

Sessions played 13 games with the Knicks and, after the team signed former Michigan guard Trey Burke on January 13th, they waived him. The ten-year veteran averaged 3.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game with the Knicks, per the NBA.

Adding Sessions to the team would provide Washington with a pass-first point guard and someone who can run the offense. Washington also has a chance to sign Rose, who was recently traded to the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal last Thursday.

Despite an ankle injury and taking a leave of absence from the Cavs, the former MVP has looked solid. Last season he averaged 18 points last season with the Knicks. The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 9.8 points this season and has only played 16 games. On the other hand, Frazier is averaging 3.3 points from playing 43 games, per the NBA.

Rose could help the Wizards by adding another scorer who can create. This situation would be ideal if the eight-year veteran can stay healthy and average double figures.

The team has until March 1st to sign either player in order to meet the playoffs eligibility waiver deadline.

Washington Wizards Need 2: Tomas Satoransky:

After being knocked out of the air in Saturday’s win against the Bulls, the 6-foot-7 forward finished the game with 25 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Satoransky could be a building piece for the future. The former Czech Republic stand out has the ability to spread the floor, make the proper assists, and play defense.

In addition to his offensive skill set, he provides the Wizards with length and size. Gaining more play time in Wall’s absence could help the 26-year-old mature and gain confidence.

Saturday night, Satoransky looked fearless as he continually attacked the rim and provided Beal with some offensive help.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is listed as day-to-day with a head injury. Currently, the organization plans to build around Wall, Beal, and Porter. By the end of the season, I am sure that Satoransky will be a part of the franchise’s future.

Washington Wizards Need 3: Otto Porter Jr.

Last July, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis matched a $106 million offer sheet that the Brooklyn Nets offered to Otto Porter Jr.

Washington resigned Porter Jr. to be the third option on the team.

Critics, analyst, and fans have questioned whether or not the four-year player could provide enough points to receive a max contract. Last season, the forward averaged 13.4 points per game. With a strong start to the season, Porter Jr. has increased his average to 14.3 this season, per the NBA.

The former Hoya has had six 25 or more point games this season. Porter Jr. has often times this season provided a spark to help the Wizards close vital games. Being the third wheel can be difficult for certain players to adjust to.

Without Wall, Porter Jr. needs to continue to build up his confidence and play aggressively on both sides of the ball. Like Kevin Love last year, Porter Jr. is trying to find his identity without getting in the way of the two stars of the team.

As of now the 24-year-old forward has not earned his max deal, but he is doing a great job to make a case for it. It’s clear that this team will not go far in the playoffs without their starting point-guard, but this will be an excellent chance for the Wiz Kids to grow.

Once Wall returns, this team will be ready for the playoffs.

What do you think the Wizards need to do in order to improve?


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