Washington Wizards: 2012-13 NBA Season Preview

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The Washington Wizards training camp began with a sour taste as news came out that John Wall suffered a minor setback to his knee injury and could miss the first month of the regular season.  That is not the start that a franchise which has suffered through four straight brutally bad years was hoping to hear as they try to turn the corner and inch towards becoming a playoff contender.

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New Orleans Hornets dump salary in trade with Washington Wizards

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The NBA off-season is officially underway as the first trade has been made between the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets.  Here is my analysis on the deal which includes Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis, and a pick in the up-coming 2012 NBA Draft.

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NBA Power Rankings: #12 New Orleans Hornets

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By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:
Coming off the 2007-08 season the Hornets were the Belle of the Ball in the NBA. They returned to play in New Orleans full time for the first time in three years, won a franchise record 56 games, had one of the future stars of the league in Chris Paul, and were one game away from playing in the Western Conference Finals, making expectations this season even higher. However, a couple of crucial injuries marred the season and led to the Hornets regressing by seven games and getting trounced in the first round of the playoffs (including an NBA post-season record 58-point home playoff loss to Denver.) All injuries aside, head coach Byron Scott added to the dismay as he seemingly lost control of his squad as well.

Check out the complete Hornets season preview and other NBA previews and power rankings.

Bobcats Losers in Swap of Big Men

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By: David Kay

In a move that seemingly came from nowhere, the Hornets and Bobcats have agreed to swap big men.  Tyson Chandler will now call Charlotte home while Emeka Okafor will team up with CP3 in New Orleans.

Why this makes sense for the New Orleans:

Swapping Chandler for Okafor is a slight up-grade in terms of talent.  Okafor is a little more well-rounded on the offensive end and provides the same amount of rebounding, shot blocking, and physicality that Chandler brought down low for the Hornets.  Naw’lins does lose Chandler’s ability to run the floor which complimented Chris Paul’s game quite well.

Why this makes sense for Charlotte:
This move only makes sense from a financial standpoint.  Chandler only has one guaranteed year left on his deal with a player option for 2010-2011 that would pay him almost $12.8 million.  Other than that, this is a bit of a head scratcher.

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