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Previewing the Washington Wizards heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Wizards’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Thomas Bryant #13 of the Washington Wizards dunks against the Boston Celtics in the second half at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Wizards made one of the biggest trades of the offense by sending John Wall to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westrbrook. Washington has acquires as superstar for Bradley Beal but could have to take a major leap to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Here we’re going to take a look at the Wizards’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Russell Westbrook, PG (trade)
Deni Avdija, SF/PF (draft)
Trow Brown, SF (draft)
Cassius Winston , PG (draft)
Raul Neto, PG (draft)

Key losses

John Wall, PG (trade)

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +20000
Win percentage: O/U 39.5
No notable player futures

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Russell Westbrook, Ish Smith, Raul Neto
SG: Bradley Beal, Jerome Robinson, Raul Neto
SF: Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Deni Avdija
PF: Rui Hachmura, Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans
C: Thomas Bryant, Robin Lopez, Moritz Wagner

Roster battles

Backup SF: Troy Brown vs. Deni Avdija
6th man: Troy Brown vs.Deni Avdija

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Troy Brown — Brown surprisingly led the Wizards in rebounds per game last season and ran the offense as a point guard. His playmaking skills made him a triple-double threat in the bubble and his responsibilities will only grow in his third NBA season.

Likely Bust

Davis Bertans — Bertans had a career year in 2019-20 and nearly doubled his scoring output from 2018-19 but the acquisition of Westbrook will cut into his offensive impact. Beal and Westbrook will be the first and second scoring options. Avdija, Hachimura, and Bryant averaged double-digits in points last season and will get their fair share of shots. While the Wizards were one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA last season it’s hard to see