2012 Washington Wizards Offseason: ESPN Gives Recent Moves A B+

The Washington Wizards are coming off the second-worst record in the NBA. If not for the Charlotte Bobcats and all of their greatness, the Wizards would be the laughingstock of the NBA.

But that distinction hasn't stopped them from going out and improving their basketball team this summer and all of their moves have earned them a B+ rating from ESPN's Chad Ford in his offseason grades.

Ford praised the additions of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor while not sacrificing the development of their younger players. With Nene already in the fold, the starting five looks promising for the Wizards.

Adding Nene at the trade deadline was the first major shift, but the addition of Okafor and Ariza solidifies their front line. They now have toughness, some athleticism and some real defensive punch.

But the biggest addition to Ford is Bradley Beal, who joins John Wall in one of the most promising backcourts in the league.

Many scouts believed Beal was the second-best player in the draft - a sweet shooting 2 who resembles Eric Gordon. The Wizards desperately needed to pair John Wall with a shooter, and Beal looks like the perfect fit.

For more on the Wizards, head over to Bullets Forever. For more from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA hub page.

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