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NBA preview: Wizards roster

1 Nick Young G

(Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images)

College: Southern California

Acquired: Selected 16th overall in 2007 draft.

Strengths: Great one-on-one scorer who can catch and shoot or create off the dribble. Led team in scoring last season.

Weaknesses: Has tunnel vision on offense. Struggles to create scoring chances for others. Needs to develop better all-around game. Improved on-ball defense but remains mediocre.

2 John Wall G

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Kentucky

Acquired: No. 1 pick in 2010 draft.

Strengths:Explosive with blazing speed, tremendous leaping ability. Gets into lane with ease. Finishes strong. Unselfish floor general with superb vision.

Weaknesses: Lacks consistent jump shot. Aggressive style leaves him susceptible to injury. Gets careless with ball and is turnover prone.

6 Maurice Evans G

(John Minchillo/Associated Press)

College: Texas

Acquired: Via trade with Hawks in February 2011.

Strengths: Solid veteran with playoff experience and knowledge of game. Tenacious, aggressive defender who can knock down three-pointers.

Weaknesses:After working on CBA as union VP, needs to get back in shape. Limited offensively.

7 Andray Blatche F-C

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High School: South Kent Prep (Conn.)

Acquired: Selected 49th overall in 2005 draft.

Strengths: Versatile, talented big man with quickness, agility, ballhandling skills and scoring ability.

Weaknesses: Struggles with conditioning. A poor post defender. Settles for jumpers too often.

8 Roger Mason Jr. G

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Virginia

Acquired: Signed as free agent in December 2011.

Strengths:Veteran shooting guard provides perimeter shooting, professionalism, leadership.

Weaknesses: Field goal percentage declined past two seasons. Lacks quickness, which hurts on defense. Attempted just 10 free throws last season.

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Age: 32 Years: 13 Height: 6-10 Weight: 230 Games: 57 PPG: 11.7 RPG: 5.1 FG%: 43.3

College: Alief Elsik (Texas)

Acquired: Via trade with Orlando in December 2010.

Strengths: Ex-all star has a high basketball IQ. Provides leadership. Can play both forward positions. Solid team defender. Stretches floor with ability to make three-pointers.

Weaknesses: Production has declined past three seasons. Had knee troubles last season.

13 Kevin Seraphin F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Country: French Guiana

Acquired: Via trade with Chicago in June 2010.

Strengths: Physically imposing big man provides strength and sets solid screens. More confident after playing for French national team and in Spain.

Weaknesses: Remains very raw. Has awkward form on jump shot. Needs to develop greater instincts. Foul prone.

15 Jordan Crawford G

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Xavier

Acquired: Via trade with Hawks in February 2011.

Strengths: Extremely confident. Not afraid to shoot. Can play either guard position. Has good court vision. Fearless competitor.

Weaknesses: Belief in his talents often leads to bad shots. Reliance on long jumpers results in poor percentage from the field. Can be a defensive liability.

21 Ronny Turiaf F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Gonzaga

Acquired: Via trade with Knicks in December 2011.

Strengths: High-energy player who adds intensity and hustle. An excellent shot-blocker despite being undersize. Good passer. Veteran presence for front line.

Weaknesses: Injury-prone. Lacks size. A poor rebounder despite his activity on both ends. With his fourth team in the past five years.

22 Shelvin Mack G

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Butler

Acquired: Selected 34th in 2011 draft.

Strengths: Smart player who hails from good program. Knows how to win. Plays steady and under control. Can run pick-and-roll offense well.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t have overwhelming speed or quickness. Needs to become a better perimeter shooter.

24 Jan Vesely F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Country: Czech Republic

Acquired: Selected sixth in 2011 draft.

Strengths: Athletic, high-energy player known for providing exciting dunks. Loves to score in transition. Runs the floor well. Excellent finisher.

Weaknesses: Has been limited by hip injury. Needs to add strength and improve jumper. Poor ballhandler.

31 Chris Singleton F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Florida State

Acquired: Selected 18th in 2011 draft.

Strengths: Defensive specialist who can guard four positions. Rebounds well. Has excellent speed and lateral quickness. Tenacious competitor.

Weaknesses: Poor ballhandler. Cannot create scoring opportunities. Shoots poorly off the dribble.

34 JaVale McGee F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Nevada

Acquired: Selected 18th in the 2008 draft.

Strengths: Supremely athletic big man. Incredible shot blocker. Runs the floor well. Regularly supplies highlight dunks. Has phenomenal size and length.

Weaknesses: Focus on shot-blocking leads to goaltends or poor position for rebounds. Often prefers style over substance.

35 Trevor Booker F

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Clemson

Acquired: Via trade with Timberwolves in June 2010.

Strengths: Energetic player compensates for lack of height with hustle. Can change momentum with a block or tip dunk. Excels in low-post defense.

Weaknesses: Lacks size to consistently play power forward, and poor outside shot affects his ability to play small forward.

55 Hamady Ndiaye C

(Nick Wass/Associated Press)

College: Rutgers

Acquired: Via trade with Timberwolves in June 2010.

Strengths: Good shot blocker. Hard worker with positive attitude. Great teammate who lightens mood in locker room. Has steady learning curve.

Weaknesses: Still extremely raw. Limited offensively. Lacks a go-to move inside. Not a great rebounder despite size.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.


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