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NBA Re-Boot Team Preview: Washington Wizards

The NBA is coming back July 30 and not a moment too soon for basketball fans who have been deprived a proper conclusion to the 2019-20 season since Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test March 11 that set off the worldwide cascade of sports league cancellations. Now, the NBA will look to finish what it started with a 22-team “bubble” at the Disney Resorts in Orlando, an eight-game finish to the regular season and four best-of-7 playoff rounds to determine a champion. We take a look at each of the teams involved as we move closer to the official return and we’ll start by looking at the Washington Wizards team in our Sports Intel preview:

Washington Wizards Team Preview 2019-2020 Re-Boot

(24-40, 9th in East, 5.5 games behind No. 8)

Where we left off: Led by Bradley Beal, and with a collection of talented youngsters, the Wizards managed to exceed dire expectations and staying withing striking range of the Magic for the final playoff spot in the East.

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Remaining schedule: July 31, Phoenix Suns; Aug. 2, New Jersey Nets; Aug. 3, Indiana Pacers; Aug. 5, Philadelphia 76ers; Aug. 7, New Orleans Pelicans; Aug. 9, Oklahoma City Thunder; Aug. 11, Milwaukee Bucks; Aug. 13, Boston Celtics.

Projected starting lineup: G: Shabazz Napier, Bradley Beal; F: Troy Brown, Rui Hachimura; C: Thomas Bryant

Key injuries, absentees: G John Wall, F Davis Bertans

Odds to Win Title: 2,000-1

Can they win it all? Not a chance. The Wizards will probably need to go 8-0 and hope the Magic have an enormous meltdown, and neither one of these things is going to happen. And if Beal decides to opt out of the re-start, which is still a possibility, it’s over before it re-starts for the Wizards. But there are several players, like Hachimura, that can still benefit from simulated playoff-intensity in games against the Celtics, 76ers and Pelicans.

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That’s it for our preview of the Washington Wizards team ahead of the NBA regular season re-boot, come back soon to see what we think of the rest of the teams involved in Orlando.

Jeff Goldberg is the former team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football. Earlier in his career, Jeff covered the Boston Red Sox (2007-08) and UConn women’s basketball team (2001-06) for his hometown newspaper, The Hartford Courant. Jeff, who was also an editorial producer at MLB.com from 2012-14, wrote two books about the UConn women: “Bird at the Buzzer” (2011) and “Unrivaled” (2015). He lives in San Diego with his wife, Susan, and good boi doggo, Rocky.

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