Dwight Howard - Dwight Howard has been dealing with back issues already in Washington, which is not a good sign at all. Howard has battled back injuries in his career, and Washington was already ready to send out Marcin Gortat, so only Ian Mahinmi is there for depth. Washington lacked rim protection last season, which Howard can still bring, but will need to be healthy to do it. While it is not considered serious, it seems there is more to it than what the media or team is saying.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
The Wizards have had some random names go through the franchise, and never any really totally notable. Back in 2007, the Wizards injuries started to pile up. Caron Butler broke his hand, missing two months. It was just one game after that Gilbert Arenas tore his meniscus and was out three months. The good thing for the Wizards is that it was at the end of the season, but Arenas’ injury lingered on a little longer. The beginning of the next season, Arenas needed a few more months to recover after more surgery.
In that season, Oleksiy Pecherov fractured his ankle, missing the rest of the season. Caron Butler had more tough luck injury wise, tearing a labrum in his left hip. After the season it was more knee issues for Arenas, going under arthroscopic surgery again. John Wall has had some periodic injuries in his career, and back in 2012 he fractured his left kneecap. Bradley Beal had some injuries as well, with a fractured wrist back in 2014 that required surgery.
John Wall had to have surgery in 2016 to remove calcium deposits, and shortly after Ian Mahinmi had to repair a torn medial meniscus. This set the Wizards back a bit in 2016, and Bradley Beal missed some time with a hip and hamstring injury. Wall missed a good portion of the 2018 season. He had to have surgery on his knee again, and that is the third time in his career. It has definitely been a concern at this point. Bill Walker was someone the Washington Wizards had hoped to turn into a centerpiece for the team. Walker suffered major injuries and the Wizards eventually traded him to Boston for just cash considerations.
Jarvis Hayes was a similar draft pick, where he was taken tenth overall back in 2003. He was going to be a future front court option for the Wizards. He had several injuries to his kneecap, breaking it twice. Hayes eventually retired due to multiple injuries. The Wizards had Michael Jordan on their team for a short time, trying to return to basketball. Jordan missed the second half of the season with a knee injury, and outside of that he only had one in the mid-80s with the Bulls.