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Current and Future Depth Chart Analysis

This chart shows the cap hits for all players currently on the Wizards roster (take a moment to fume over Nene's awful contract). I excluded players brought over in the Gortat deal because they are no longer with the team. Note: I assume all player and team options are upheld and no qualifying offers are extended. I will also assume the Wizards guarantee Glen Rice Jr.'s and Martell Webster's contracts when necessary.

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2013-2014 (current) Season Depth Chart

PG: John Wall............Eric Maynor

SG: Bradley Beal........Garrett Temple.......Glen Rice Jr.

SF: Trevor Ariza........Martell Webster.....Otto Porter.......Chris Singleton

PF: Nene.....................Al Harrington..........Jan Vesely........Trevor Booker

C: Marcin Gortat........Kevin Seraphin

Analysis:

Point Guard is set at the top with John Wall and his extension but Eric Maynor is a below average backup PG

Bradley Beal is lighting it up at Shooting Guard when healthy, but Garrett Temple is not good for much other than a good perimeter defender. Glen Rice Jr. is a scorer who fans have been pushing to see more of. Use the hash tag #freeGRJR to join this movement.

Small Forward is the best position in terms of depth. When Porter gets healthy this will be a legitimate 3-deep position where all the players have a different skill set. Singleton has not panned out and will likely be done in Washington after this season.

At Power Forward Nene is a nice inside presence, while Harrington fits the stretch 4 role nicely. Vesely is gaining playing time but has only showed limited flashes of competence. Booker is a non-factor.

Gortat and Seraphin are a nice 1-2 Center combo, but I would like to see Seraphin get more time as his scoring ability off the bench is very much needed. With neither Gortat of Seraphin guaranteed to come back, center is a glaring weakness for the Wizards.

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2014-2015 Season Depth Chart

PG: John Wall...............Eric Maynor

SG: Bradley Beal...........Glen Rice Jr.

SF: Martell Webster.....Otto Porter

PF: Nene

C: N/A

Analysis:

Point Guard is still set with Wall and Maynor is still there because of his player option. Although a better backup PG may still be necessary two years in the system should greatly benefit Maynor.

Our first loss comes from the Shooting Guard position if Garrett Temple is not extended. Beal and Rice are both scorers so a good combo guard/ perimeter defender may be necessary.

Small Forward with Webster and Porter would be a very nice combo. Webster scoring and Porter doing everything else could make for a very nice combo out of the small forward position. Ariza was lost in the offseason which will likely be true unless he takes a very substantial pay cut.

At Power Forward Nene is the only player left on the roster. the only way this would actually happen is if Harrington, Vesely, and Booker are all not resigned. I could see the Wiz extending Harrington and Vesely to provide depth for at least a year or two.

If no in-house roster moves are made no Center will be on the roster. Seraphin only returns if the team extends a $4 million qualifying offer to him. I believe this will be the biggest position of need even if Gortat and/or Seraphin return.

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2015-2016 Season Depth Chart

PG: John Wall

SG: Bradley Beal...........Glen Rice Jr.

SF: Martell Webster.....Otto Porter

PF: Nene

C: N/A

With Wall as the top Point Guard the backup PG position is just an afterthought, but one that should be filled with a good defender.

Beal and Rice are still manning the Shooting Guard and hopefully by this time Rice can be a very prominent off the bench scorer.

This Small Forward combination of Webster and Porter will be crucial to the Wizards long term success because of their lack of depth elsewhere.

Nene is again the lone Power Forward , and on the last year of his deal a replacement should be a very high priority for the team.

The Wizards are still without a Center, but free agency seems like the most likely spot for acquiring a stand-in center until they draft one.

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2016-2017 Season Depth Chart

PG: John Wall

SG: Bradley Beal

SF: Martell Webster.....Otto Porter

PF: N/A

C: N/A

Wall at this time should be an elite Point Guard. With that, a competent backup is still a team need.

Beal is finally the lone Shooting Guard and he and Wall should be a top NBA backcourt at this time.

These four players are the true core and future of this team and franchise, and they are lead by Webster and Porter at the Small Forward position. By this time Porter may have taken over the top spot but that is likely irrelevant as both will be leaders of the team who will play a lot.

Nene's $13 million contract is finally off the books, but the Power Forward is just as empty as the center position. A stretch four to complement the guards would be the best case scenario.

With no players in the frontcourt the Wizards would be in dire need of help. They also would have at least 2 first round picks by now, so in theory, they could have a new power forward and Center from those picks.

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2017-2018 Season Depth Chart

PG: John Wall

SG: N/A

SF: Otto Porter

PF: N/A

C: N/A

John Wall is still manning the Point Guard position and still needs a backup.

Beal will likely be extended but for the sake of this analysis I assume he is gone. so, now the Wizards need a Shooting Guard sidekick for Wall, again.

At Small Forward Porter has finally taken control of the position. He and Wall would be a very good combo at this stage in their careers.

Power Forward is still vacant but now with a minimum of three first round picks a replacement should be in-house and contributing.

Center is also still vacant and there is no reason to try to predict who will be here because this is four years into the future. Four years ago our center was Andray Blatche, and who would have thought we would have Marcin Gortat now? Exactly. Anyway, the frontcourt is a problem area now and in the future.

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I hope this shows who our core is and what positions need to be addressed and along what timetable. Follow me on twitter at @realwillthrill and Go Wizards!

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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