Offseason Improvement Rankings: Southeast Division

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Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots a free throw against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards – Ben Mehic  (Wiz of Awes) 

Unlike last season, the Washington Wizards didn’t wait until the last minute to fill holes in their roster. Instead of picking up scraps, Washington addressed their off-season needs in swift motion, acquiring a backup point guard and retaining Martell Webster, who was reportedly their first priority in free-agency. Eric Maynor is viewed as an upgrade over A.J. Price, and Webster is certainly a key piece which helped change the culture in the nation’s capital last season. The Wizards were the worst offensive team in the league last year, and adding Maynor and Webster could potentially help them in that aspect.

We’re used to the Wizards shuffling the deck of cards virtually every season, making it impossible for the team to establish continuity. For the first time in years, Washington has found some stability for their franchise, bringing back essentially the same roster as last season. With John Wall in the lineup, the Wizards are undoubtedly a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference. Wall and Beal mesh extremely well together, and with the acquisition of Georgetown’s Otto Porter through this years NBA Draft, the Wizards will surely improve to an even greater extent.

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