This year’s squad includes more experienced and mature players. But youngsters like point guard John Wall and rookie Bradley Beal are keys to the team’s success. Michael Lee evaluates the strengths and weaknesses.
Coach Randy WittmanStrengths: No-nonsense coach with direct and demanding style. Mixes humor with a heavy hand. Holds players accountable. Stresses sturdy and opportunistic defense and an up-tempo offense. Weaknesses: Never recorded a winning season in previous coaching stops. Intensity has been known to grate on young players. A good communicator but lacks reputation as a strategist or expertise with Xs or Os.Tony Dejak/Associated Press