For the second year in the row, the Wizards had a top 10 defense which is a major emphasis for coach Randy Wittman. It's an identity that he won't abandon anytime soon, and whoever he brings in during free agency will have to at least show a commitment in that area.
The catch is, however, finding players who can keep the momentum going there without the Wizards losing their offensive efficiency. That's going to be easier said than done should the Wizards not re-sign Trevor Ariza.
Free agent: SG/SF Alan Anderson, Brooklyn Nets. Player option.
2013-14 salary: $948,000.
Vitals: 6-6, 220 pounds. 31 years old.
Career averages: 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 39.7% FG, 34.5% 3FG. Last season: 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 40% FG, 33.9% 3FG.
The fit: Anderson is older, spending most of his time overseas after he failed to stick in his rookie season with Charlotte in 2005. He has the size and length required though offensively he's not as advanced as Ariza. Anderson started a career-high 26 games with Brooklyn last season, working his way up from the 15th player on the bench. So while his stats aren't eye-popping, Anderson appears to be starting to peak. He's also a very strong wing defender.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: That depends on Anderson opting out and Ariza leaving. Anderson is affordable, though he wants and deserves a significant raise. Was last season an aberration or a sign of greater things for Anderson? He has made it to the NBA the hard way and has the blue-collar disposition that Wittman respects.