It was already an odd situation coming into the season with Washington’s struggles, but the John Wall injury ended their hopes of being competitive, but also changes the outlook of their future as a franchise. His ruptured Achilles tendon is going to keep him out almost another year. He will likely be at the age of 30, leaving Washington to start looking for their next franchise piece. We also do not know how he will come back, given this injury can take careers.
Will Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis Be Long Term Options?
Chicago offloaded pieces they did not see fit for their future, sending them to Washington who needs to figure out their own. Both Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis have played well at times, but neither have had a prominent role within their former teams. They haven’t jumped into huge starting roles with Washington, but their production has gone up. The Wizards haven’t made much noise in either’s future, but they do have the opportunity to showcase themselves for the rest of the league.
Is Thomas Bryant An Answer At Center?
The minutes come and go for Thomas Bryant, who has seen more run due to the Dwight Howard injury. He is just 21 years old, and made over 40 starts this season. Averaging 9 and 5 in 19.1 minutes per game this season, he has shown ability to play on both sides of the court. He averages 0.9 blocks per game, but per36 numbers really push him up. He was drafted back in 2017, and is an interesting look for the Wizards if they want to free themselves from the older centers of the league.