John Wall made his first All-Star game appearance in February, his first postseason appearance in April. The Wizards' star next "first" will come before training camp tips off.
Nolan Smith, who grew up watching his late father Derek Smith as an assistant coach in Washington, hasn't been able to find an NBA job since he was released by the Portland Trail Blazers.
New Wizard DeJuan Blair will bring power basketball and a brand new baby girl to Washington. Also, additional confidence and rediscovered fun after a starring role in last season's playoffs.