The roster hasn't been this deep for Randy Wittman since taking over as coach of the Wizards in 2011, so there will be as much emphasis on guarding the minutes of John Wall and Bradley Beal as there will be with speeding up the pace of the offense.
"We got to look at that with all our guys. Even John, Bradley, I don't want to have to play anybody 40 minutes a game," Wittman said after Saturday's practice at Verizon Center. "That's conducive to us being strong at the end of the year. I thought it was important to get bench help. Everybody's minutes. ... That's where your strength in numbers always can help you of wearing teams down during a single game or during the course of a year."
Last season, Paul Pierce had his minutes limited during the regular season when he played a career-low 26.2 minutes. He averaged 30 in 10 playoff games. Wall jumped from 36 minutes in the regular season to 39. Beal went from 33.4 to 41.8. Nene went from 25 to 28.
Ideally, with much more depth at guard, Wall and Beal can have their minutes shortened or take games off later in the regular season to recharge. Wall could've used such a strategy last season when he struggled -- and the Wizards struggled with him -- because of a pair of sprained ankles. He played through pain because they were so thin in the backcourt. Beal had another stress injury in his lower right leg, his third in his third consecutive season, that caused him to miss time.
Ramon Sessions is behind Wall and Gary Neal, who signed this summer, is behind Beal along with Garrett Temple. Rookie Kelly Oubre is a small forward but has practiced a lot at the two position. Otto Porter can fill in there as well, leaving the small forward spot to Jared Dudley and Alan Anderson. There are a lot of interchangeable parts.
If all goes according to plan, he shouldn't have to do that in 2015-16. And speaking of rest, the Wizards will have Sunday off.