Last year the Washington Wizards lost more than half of their games. The Charlotte Bobcats were plenty worse, but this year the gap between the two teams could grow.
At point guard, John Wall has a clear advantage over Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions, but the Bobcats do have better depth at the position.
Bradley Beal, Washington’s rookie shooting guard already has a better jump-shot than Gerald Henderson, but the edge here has to go to the more experienced Hendo. Behind Beal, the Wizards have Jordan Crawford (14.7 pts, 3.0 asts per game 2011/12), and combo guards Shelvin Mack and A.J. price. Coming off the bench, Ben Gordon should have advantage over those guys.
At the small forward spot, the Wizards have a few options. Trevor Ariza is the most experienced of the three guys Washington can play at that position. Last year, Ariza scored 10.8 points, dished out 3.3 assists and grabbed 5.2 rebounds per game. Kevin Seraphin and veteran Martell Webster are the other players that will see extended minutes at SF for the Wizards . Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffrey Taylor should be able to keep these guys in front of them, and right now this position is a push between the two teams.
Trevor Booker had somewhat of a breakout season last year, and he could be Washington’s starter at power forward next year. 8.4 points and over six rebounds a game last year and he blocked nearly one shot per game. With extended playing time, he could average a double-double this year. Jan Vesley, Earl Barron, Brian Cook, and Shavlik Randolf could all get minutes at PF this year and that stable of big men is honestly better right now than what the Bobcats have to offer.
Finally, at center, Nene is the best the Southeast division has to offer. If there’s any player in the league Bismack Biyombo could model his style after if he wants to be a center, it is Nene. The Brazilian’s combination of power, rebounding ability and control around the rim offensively is a marvel to watch. There’s no one on the Bobcats that can win the match up war with him, and I expect games between the Charlotte and Washington to come down to points in the paint this season.
For the Bobcats, that’s not great.