Washington Wizards 2021–22 NBA Roster: Can Bradley Beal Lead His New Look Team to Glory Sans Russell Westbrook?

Published 08/13/2021, 1:23 AM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) yells at forward Deni Avdija (9) as they play against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports


The Wizards are struggling as a franchise for the past four decades now. Last year, they believed all the misfortune would end with the acquisition of Russell Westbrook. Turned out just two dependable players could push them only so far, and they lost in round 1. 

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Season 2020-21’s slow start and early elimination rang a bell in their GM’s ears as he turned the unit upside-down in the off-season. Tommy Sheppard knew that the organization had already lost a franchise face in John Wall, and he certainly did not want to lose Bradley Beal. So he built the best possible roster that might support Beal’s vision.

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Incoming players

Spencer Dinwiddie

The Wizards dealt with the Nets and signed Dinwiddie on a $54 million three-year contract. They sent out a 2024 second-rounder and a 2025 round 2 pick swap to close the deal. Dinwiddie would also receive a bonus amount if he keeps himself injury-free and plays 50+ games. Funny enough, his promised bonus after a title win is just a dollar.

Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell

The Lakers gave away their #22 draft pick and their trio in Kuzma, KCP, and Trezz so as to acquire Russell Westbrook. This has essentially given the Wizards two NBA champions and a big bench player in Harrell. With Kuzma itching to deliver as a starting forward and KCP aiming for a season of redemption, their match with Beal would be juicy.

Mar 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Holiday

The Wizards gave away their #22 pick in Isaiah Jackson to the Pacers and got back Aaron Holiday and #31 Isaiah Todd in return. Although not very good at ball distribution, Holiday can still help the Wizards’ offense with his shooting. 

Corey Kispert (2021 Pick #15)

Jay Huff

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Outgoing players

Russell Westbrook 

The Wizards have now lost their Mr. Triple Double and would hope that their new starting lineup will make up for the loss. Filling in Russ’ shoes would not come easy for Wes Unseld, but good chemistry would do wonders.

Ish Smith (Hornets)

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Ish Smith in free agency on a one-year $4.6 million deal with an option in the second year. A robust backup point guard, Ish can play a crucial role for the Hornets.

Isaac Bonga (Raptors)

As an unrestricted free agent, Bonga is now joining the Raptors after the Wizards declined to match the offer. He had a poor playoff run and saw a decrease in his performance in this last season.

Caleb Homesley

Although the Wizards showed faith in undrafted Caleb last year, they’ve waived the G-League player as of now. They must’ve cut him to save some cap space. However, he was listed on the team’s Vegas Summer League roster.

Robin Lopez (Magic)

Chandler Hutchison (Spurs)

Washington Wizards 2021-22 NBA Roster

Feb 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after making a free-throw during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Frontcourt

Deni Avdija

Davis Bertans

Thomas Bryant

Rui Hachimura

Montrezl Harrell

Kyle Kuzma

Alex Len

Daniel Gafford

Anthony Gill

Jay Huff

Corey Kispert

Isaiah Todd

Backcourt

Bradley Beal

Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope

Spencer Dinwiddie

Aaron Holiday

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Raul Neto

Garrison Mathews

Cassius Winston

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With a new coach, a revamped roster, and some former champions, the Wizards are now positive that they’ll make an impact. What do you think of their chances? Help us learn in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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