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2012 Media Predictions


2012 Media Predictions

The NBA season is finally here and opens with three games on tap, including the Wizards playing at Cleveland. That means for those that wish to offer predictions on the Wizards' upcoming 2012-13 campaign, now's the time. My CSNwashington colleagues, others on the Wizards beat and D.C. media members kindly took time to answer a series of questions and offer bold predictions on the players and team overall. We'll check back on how everyone is looking at the All-Star break and at season's end, but in the mean time share your opinions or counter our projections with your own insight...

1) How many games will Nene play?

Ben Standig, CSNwashington: 60
Frank Hanrahan, CSNwashington: 50
Scott Jackson, ESPN980: 65
Kyle Weidie, TruthAboutIt.net: 64
Carla Peay, Washington Times: 64
Brian Jackson, CSNwashington.com: 55

2) How many points + assists will John Wall average?
Standig: 16.6 + 8.5 = 25.1
Hanrahan:19 + 8 = 27
S. Jackson: 17 + 9 =26
Weidie:  27.9
Peay: 15.8 + 9.5 = 25.3
B. Jackson: 18.1 + 8.7 = 26.8

3) How many games will John Wall play?
Standig: 64
Hanrahan: 60
S. Jackson: 60
Weidie: 67
Peay: 67
B. Jackson: 60

4) How many points + rebounds will Emeka Okafor average?

Standig: 10.0. + 8.5 = 18.5
Hanrahan: 8 + 9 =17
S. Jackson: 8 + 12= 20
Weidie: 22.5
Peay: 10.5 + 9.5 = 20
B. Jackson: 12.4 + 8. 2= 20.6

5) What percentage will Trevor Ariza shoot from the field?
Standig: 39.9
Hanrahan: 39.0
S. Jackson: 43.0
Weidie: 41.1
Peay: 45
B. Jackson: 39.3

6) What percentage will Jan Vesely shoot from the free throw line?
Standig: 63.7
Hanrahan: 50.0
S. Jackson: 60.0
Weidie: 67.8
Peay: 60.0
B. Jackson: 58.2

7) What percentage will Martell Webster shoot from 3?
Standig: 39.8
Hanrahan: 38.0
S. Jackson: 39.
Weidie: 39.5
Peay: 38.5
B. Jackson: 41.2

8) How many points per game will Bradley Beal average?
Standig: 12.8
Hanrahan: 12.0
S. Jackson: 18.0
Weidie: 15.3
Peay: 13.5
B. Jackson: 15.5

9) What place will Bradley Beal finish in the Rookie of the Year race?
Standig: Third (Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard)
Hanrahan:  Fifth (Davis, Jeremy Lamb^, Robinson and Harrison Barnes)
S. Jackson: Second: (Davis)
Weidie:  Second (Davis)
Peay: Third (Davis and somebody who's team has a better record than the Wizards)
B. Jackson: Third (Anthony Davis, Lillard)

10) Rank in order based on who will start the most games: Trevor Booker, Jordan Crawford, A.J. Price or Kevin Seraphin?
Standig: Seraphin, Booker, Crawford, Price
Hanrahan: Booker, Crawford, Seraphin, Price
S. Jackson: Crawford, Seraphin, Price, Booker  
Weidie: Booker, Seraphin, Crawford, Price
Peay: Booker, Crawford, Seraphin, Price
B. Jackson: Booker

11) Based on average, who will lead the Wizards in scoring?
Standig: John Wall
Hanrahan: John Wall
S. Jackson: Bradley Beal
Weidie: John Wall
Peay: Jordan Crawford
B. Jackson: John Wall

12) How many points will the Wizards average per game?
Standig: 95.5
Hanrahan: 96.0
S. Jackson: 97.0
Weidie: 97.2
Peay: 95.2
B. Jackson: 97.0

13) How many Wizards will play at least 70 games?
Standig: 9 (Beal, Vesely, Crawford, Okafor, Webster, Singleton, Ariza, Price, Seraphin)
Hanrahan: 7 (Singleton, Vesely, Okafor, Crawford, Webster, Beal, Ariza)
S. Jackson: 10 (Beal, Crawford, Booker, Seraphin, Singleton, Ariza, Price, Vesley, Webster, Okafor)
Weidie: 9 (Vesely, Singleton, Okafor, Beal, Webster, Price, Crawford...and two more TBD)
Peay: 8
B. Jackson: 7 (Beal, Webster, Seraphin, Crawford, Vesely, Okafor, Martin)

14) How many games will the Wizards win?
Standig: 38
Hanrahan: 30
S. Jackson: 35
Weidie: 34
Peay: 34
B. Jackson: 41

15) Will the Wizards make the playoffs? If yes, what seed?
Standig: No (10th seed)
Hanrahan: No
S. Jackson: No
Weidie: No
Peay: No
B. Jackson: No (9th seed)

^Pick made before Lamb traded to Oklahoma City

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!