Finishing last season 41-41 and failing to make the playoffs, the Wizards will look to turn that around this season. They’ve added some key additions in Trey Burke (formerly of the Utah Jazz)and getting 6’7 Tomas Satoransky from Barcelona to come over and begin his NBA career. They’ve also added two forwards from Orlando, Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, along with center Ian Mahinmi from the Indiana Pacers.
The Wizards kick-off their 2016-17 preseason schedule with a home matchup against the Miami Heat on Oct. 4. Marcin Gortat will face the task of trying to keep the young active Hassan Whiteside off the glass as well as keep him from scoring. With Wall’s quickness and ability to score he should have the upper hand in the point guard match-up between him and Dragic. It will also be Washington’s first look at the Miami Heat without a certain Hall of Famer taking the court.
There next game will take place on Oct. 6, at Philadelphia as they take on the number one draft pick, Ben Simmons and the Sixers. Look for the Wizards backcourt to have a good game as well as the bench forwards to come in and go at the number one draft pick. Simmons may not be the only former top pick playing their first game against the Wizards, may be Joel Embid’s debut as well.
The Wizards will face off with the Knicks next in New York on Oct. 10. Though they probably will play limited minutes, this should be an exciting game seeing Wall and Rose go at each other. It’s a great chance for Washington to see the new look Knicks, this could be a potential glance at a future playoff matchup later in the season.
On Oct. 13, the Wizards will face the Sixers again but this time at home in the Verizon Center. After their first meeting both coaches will probably come into this game with areas they made improvements in. They’ll also probably use strategies that worked in the first meeting and build on them.
The Sacramento Kings will be the next opponent for the Wizards on Oct. 15, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. This will be a tough matchup for Gortat as well as the other bigs as they try to contain Cousins on the block. It’s also a homecoming for the former Wildcats on both rosters in Cousins, Wall, and Caulley-Stein.
Wall and the Wizards will make their way to Cleveland next to duel it out with King James and the defending champions on Oct. 18. This will be a great showdown between both teams’ backcourts and of course Lebron will come to play too. If Otto Porter is given the task of defending James he will have a tough assignment on his hand.
The Wizards final preseason game will take place at home in the nation’s capital and they’ll host the Toronto Raptors. Wall and Beal vs. Lowry and DeRozan will be a great matchup and the Wizards final game on Oct. 21, before the regular season begins.