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Wizards' Projected Lineup, Rotation, And Their Best Futures Bet

New-look Wizards looking to build on last year's return to postseason

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  • The Washington Wizards made a ton of offseason acquisitions, including Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell.

  • Their last two first-round picks play similar positions in Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija.

  • DraftKings has the O/U on Beal's season scoring average set at 31.2 points per game.

The Wizards went out and made some major roster changes this offseason, with none bigger than trading Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. That return of Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell, coupled with the addition of Spencer Dinwiddie and first-round pick Corey Kispert, and you have a better team in Washington.

With these new names though, rookie head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has to figure out a rotation, and it won't be easy.

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Wizards Starting Lineup

The aforementioned Spencer Dinwiddie takes over the point guard duties for the departed Russell Westbrook, giving the Wizards more of a true playmaker instead of a triple-double seeker. Coming off a torn ACL, Dinwiddie now slides into a spot long held by All-Stars such as Gilbert Arenas, John Wall and Westbrook. He'll see Aaron Holiday, also acquired in the offseason, backing him up, with some time for Raul Neto there as well.

Bradley Beal will be the two-guard. That's all. Don't really need to explain why.

Small forward is where things could get murky. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has gotten time there in the preseason, but Kyle Kuzma may also slide in to start. Rui Hachimura is locked in at the power forward when ready, with former Sixth-Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell behind him on the depth chart.

It gets more complicated after that, with last year's first-rounder Deni Avdija, this year's first-rounder Corey Kispert and highly paid but inconsistent sharp-shooter Davis Bertans all pushing for consistent minutes in the 3-4 spots.

Told you it was a lot of names to manage.

Expect Thomas Bryant to be your starting center when he's fully back from his torn ACL, with Daniel Gafford the eventual backup there.

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A Strong Bet

DraftKings has the O/U on Beal's season average set at 31.2 points per game, a number he just barely squeaked by last year (31.3). The under is the better play here now. That added depth and talent in Washington will likely cut into Beal's career-high 23 shots per game last year.

The reality is this Wizards team will see a ton of changes in the rotation as the season goes on. Plenty of competition, but also plenty of unknowns when it comes to who we see and when. Sure it's a nice position to be in as a head coach, but it doesn't make Unseld Jr.'s job easy.

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