Starting again from the bottom, Washington Wizards

*This article has been added/adapted from content published in the October 2023 issue of Rookie.

22-23 season records

Regular season : 35 wins 47 losses 12th


: Porzingis Monte Morris Jordan Goodwin Predicted roster for 23-24 season PG Tyus Jones, Delon Wright, Johnny Davis, Kendrick Nunn SG Jordan Poole, Landry Shamet, Bilal Koulibaly SF Corey Kispert, Denny Avdija, Anthony Gill PF Kyle Kuzma, Danilo Gallinari, Xavier Cooks, C Daniel Gafford, Mike Muscala.
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23-24 Season GOOD & BAD

GOOD – Reset Button
We immediately begin rebuilding by simultaneously disposing of Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis, who were the team’s one-two punches last season. Even though the two players were in their prime, they judged that they were not competitive enough to secure a playoff ticket, so instead of vaguely weighing between retooling and rebuilding, they made a bold decision and clearly set the direction of the team. 

BAD – 2% Insufficient Legacy
However, it is unclear whether Washington will be 100% satisfied with the packages received from various teams in return for Bill, Porzingis, and Chris Paul, who left for Golden State after briefly playing for the team during a trade. There are 7 future second-round picks and 4 first-round pick swap rights, but they are not able to have much fun with immediate power resources, including Tyus Jones, whose contract expires at the end of this season. 


1. The beginning of a dark era
The golden age of Washington’s franchise, represented by John Wall and Bradley Beal, has officially come to an end. In the mid-2010s, when the chemistry between the two players was shining, they showed their potential by advancing to the second round of the playoffs three times, but they failed to reach a higher level, and as things continued to go awry after Wall’s injury, they ended up promising their future. 

2. Incomplete waiting list.
In fact, Washington is consistently including prospects acquired through first-round picks in the rotation and giving them opportunities to play. However, there are not many players who have clearly emerged as starting players. It is difficult to say that Corey Kispert or Deni Avdija are established starters, and Johnny Davis, the 10th overall pick in the 2022 draft, still has much to improve in order to secure playing time. 

3. Competition is fierce even in the lower town.
Not every team can successfully secure a young squad with high potential by transferring key players and starting rebuilding. It is important to promote the growth of key prospects while losing well so that you can have an advantage in the draft lottery draw. It is not good news for Washington that teams like Detroit, Orlando, Charlotte and Indiana are in the rebuilding position.


Jordan Poole’s
22-23 season record: 82 games, 20.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, FG 43.0%, 3PT 33.6%,

showed clear growth in the 2021-2022 season with an average of 18.5 points, and last season, his average dropped for the first time in four seasons since his debut. He reached the 20-point mark. His explosive power has already been proven, as he scored more than 30 points in a game 13 times. However, because his ups and downs were severe, he faced the task of becoming a more solid player in Washington, where he had to play the role of a key offensive option.

Kyle Kuzma’s
22-23 season record: 64 games, 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, FG 44.8%, 3PT 33.3%, and his

scoring volume has definitely increased significantly compared to his time with the Lakers, where he did not get as many offensive opportunities as he wanted among other star players. It is unfortunate that the field goal percentage has dropped as the opponent’s defense has become more stringent, but this is a problem that can be easily resolved through adaptation. With the transfer of Bill and Porzingis, the time has come to unleash his potential as he can now lead the team’s attack as he wanted. 

Tyres Jones
22-23 season record: 10.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists in 80 games, 43.8% FG, 37.1% 3PT,

Jones, who has been a key part of Memphis’ bench in recent seasons, is a point guard with the greatest stability and a high assist/turnover ratio. It has consistently ranked at the top of the league in rankings. As Ja Morant often showed positive appearances as a starter when he was out of power, if he makes good use of the opportunity to start full-time for the first time since his debut, he may hit the free agent jackpot after this season. 

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