2016-17 Wizards and NBA predictions

Andre Iguodala, LeBron James
WASHINGTON — Sure, sure, the NBA season has already begun. But we hung on to rolling this bad boy out until the hometown team suited up for the first time. The Washington Wizards open their 2016-17 campaign in Atlanta Thursday night and won’t play their first game at Verizon Center until next Wednesday against Toronto. So, what should we expect from the Wiz this year? Are we in for another season where Cleveland dominates the East? Will the Warriors set another wins record? The WTOP Sports staff takes its best crack at all that, plus each person’s one bold prediction for the 2016-17 NBA season. (AP)
Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
How many games will the Golden State Warriors win? J. Brooks, sports anchor: 68 Chris Cichon, sports anchor: 70 Noah Frank, digital sports editor: 68 Dave Preston, sports anchor: 65 Jon Warner, sports anchor: 74 Rob Woodfork, sports anchor: 70 (AP)
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns
Which team that missed the playoffs last year will make it this year? J. Brooks: Milwaukee Bucks Chris Cichon: Minnesota Timberwolves Noah Frank: Minnesota Timberwolves Dave Preston: New Orleans Pelicans Jon Warner: Washington Wizards Rob Woodfork: Washington Wizards (AP)
Hassan Whiteside
Which team that made the NBA Playoffs last year will miss them this year? J. Brooks: Miami Heat Chris Cichon: Charlotte Hornets Noah Frank: Dallas Mavericks Dave Preston: Miami Heat Jon Warner: Dallas Mavericks Rob Woodfork: Miami Heat (AP)
LeBron James, Markieff Morris
Who will win the MVP? J. Brooks: Kevin Durant Chris Cichon: LeBron James Noah Frank: Karl-Anthony Towns Dave Preston: LeBron James Jon Warner: Russell Westbrook Rob Woodfork: LeBron James (AP)
Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and Bradley Beal (3) react in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 102-99.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
How many games will John Wall and Bradley Beal start together this season? J. Brooks: 35 Chris Cichon: 62 Noah Frank: 55 Dave Preston: 52 Jon Warner: 76 Rob Woodfork: 52 (AP/Alex Brandon)
Marcin Gortat John Wall, Kelly Oubre Jr., Matt Barnes
How many games will the Wizards win and in what place will they finish in the division? J. Brooks: 40 wins, 4th place Chris Cichon: 45 wins, 2nd place Noah Frank: 44 wins, 3rd place Dave Preston: 43 wins, 3rd place Jon Warner: 51 wins, 2nd place Rob Woodfork: 42 wins, 2nd place (AP)
Washington Wizards guard John Wall celebrates a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Washington. The Wizards defeated the 76ers 116-108. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Will that be enough for the Wizards to make the playoffs? J. Brooks: Yes Chris Cichon: Yes Noah Frank: Yes Dave Preston: Yes Jon Warner: Yes Rob Woodfork: Yes (AP/Evan Vucci)
LeBron James, J.R. Smith
Eastern Conference Champs: Cleveland Cavaliers, or the field? J. Brooks: The field Chris Cichon: Cavs Noah Frank: The field Dave Preston: Cavs Jon Warner: Cavs Rob Woodfork: Cavs (AP)
Brandon Ingram, Kevin Durant
What is your one bold prediction? J. Brooks: LeBron James suffers a season-ending injury. Chris Cichon: Phil Jackson resigns midway through the Knicks season. Noah Frank: The Minnesota Timberwolves win at least one playoff series. Dave Preston: The Lakers will be much better, winning between 35-40 games and just missing the playoffs. Jon Warner: Brandon Ingram wins Rookie of the Year. Rob Woodfork: Tomas Satoransky plays so well in Beal’s stead, the team entertains trade offers for Beal to no avail. (AP)
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Andre Iguodala, LeBron James
Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns
Hassan Whiteside
LeBron James, Markieff Morris
Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and Bradley Beal (3) react in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 102-99.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Marcin Gortat John Wall, Kelly Oubre Jr., Matt Barnes
Washington Wizards guard John Wall celebrates a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Washington. The Wizards defeated the 76ers 116-108. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
LeBron James, J.R. Smith
Brandon Ingram, Kevin Durant

From the front-runners to the dark horses, the WTOP Sports staff makes predictions across the league going into the 2016-17 NBA season.

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