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Wizards don't want to win the lottery

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Wizards don't want to win the lottery

Note: This is the latest installment in a ten-part series on the top storylines facing the Wizards this season. Check CSNwashington.com daily for additional entries.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis made it clear this off-season that he doesn't want to be a lottery team anymore. The Wizards have gone four straight summers with lottery selections and five straight seasons without a playoff appearance and, as Leonsis stated, "that isn't fun." Is this the year that the rebuilding Wizards drought ends and the team avoids the lottery?

"We would find it unacceptable if we finished with the second or third worst record in the NBA this year," Leonsis recently said. "That would be a failure and the failure would start with me."

A lot of factors will determine the Wizards fate this season and right now the team's two best players, guard John Wall and center Nene, are trying to heal from knee and foot injuries. Wall likely will miss the first 12 regular season games with a sore knee, while Nene hopes to bebackfor the season opener October 30 as he is recovering from a sore foot. If these two can get healthy, then the Wizards have a much better shot at turning things around. If they aren't, it could be another long season.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman will have his work cut out for him trying to figure out who fills in at least for Wall to start the season.

"The coach has done a really, really good job to say you will earn your minutes by competing and I think that's the big first step," Leonsis said. "I think they all understand that winning is a lot of fun and camaraderie and teamwork and being coachable is all part of that process."

Wall and guard Cartier Martin are the lone holdovers from the start of the 2010 season as the roster has been overhauled and then developed through recent draft picks and the addition of some proven veterans. It's a new team on paper, but will the Wizards have results similar to a season ago when they went 20-46 in the lockout-shortened season?

"Why not try to make the playoffs? Leonsis asked. "Just a couple games over .500 seems to get you there and that's how the guys are looking at it."

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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