Though the Wizards' defense didn't look all that hot to start, offensively they were a machine in their preseason opener, a 129-95 blowout of the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center on Tuesday.
Otto Porter led all scorers with 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He was followed by 19 from Bradley Beal, Gary Neal's 13, 12 from Nene, Ramon Sessions' 11 and 10 points and nine assists from John Wall.
Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor had 12 points in the losing effort.
- Small-ball is a reality. The Wizards made 15 of 26 threes. Wittman deployed three-guard lineups regularly (Sessions, Neal and Garrett Temple as well as Neal with Wall and Beal). Nene came off the bench and backed up Marcin Gortat at center.
- Nene, who played a fast-paced offense for years when he was with the Denver Nuggets under George Karl, is slimmer and getting out on the break to finish. Even his hands look active and quicker.
- Wittman insisted that much shouldn't be made of his rotations, but DeJuan Blair could be in the same position that he was last season as the third option at center behind Nene. That could mean more DNP-coach's decision on the boxscores but Blair made the most of his time with 12 points in just six minutes.
- Porter has probably been the best overall performer in training camp, benefiting from the presence of rookie Kelly Oubre who will push him. Porter made all of his four three-point shots. He came into the season as the projected starting small forward, and nothing happened to suggest that will change.
- Kris Humphries initially looked a long way from being a consistent three-point threat. Two of his first three shots were from deep and he was short even from the corner, which is the closest range. He finally hit one from the corner in the third quarter and then another. He shot 2-or-4 for the game.