The Washington Wizards haven’t accomplished much in the 2016-2017 NBA season, currently standing 17-18 and 9th in the Eastern Conference.
There are 3 main reason why the Wizards aren’t winning as many games as they should be.
Depth: The Wizards lost a lot of their key players to free agency last offseason. Just to name a few, Garret Temple has become a consistent backup at the 2 and 3 positions for the Sacramento Kings. Ramon Sessions was the best bench player and the best backup point guard on the team, but he left to join the Charlotte Hornets. Jared Dudley was questionably the best shooter on the team, but he left to go back to the Phoenix Suns. Nene was a long-time Wizard that brought a lot of inside scoring and inside defense that left when he joined the Houston Rockets. Alan Anderson signed with the Los Angeles Clippers while JJ Hickson, Drew Gooden, and Gary Neal all left and haven’t found a team yet.
The Wizards traded for guard Trey Burke from the Utah Jazz, and also signed Andrew Nicholson, Jason Smith, and Ian Mahinmi this past offseason. Washington also acquired Tomas Satoransky, who was drafted by the Wizards back in 2012 and had been playing overseas ever since. The Wizards also brought in undrafted rookies Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan, and Daniel Ochefu. Those players are most certainly not upgrades but they filled out the roster.
Eric Gordon off the Rockets’ bench: 31 points
Wizards bench as a whole: 13 points
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) January 3, 2017
Defense: The Wizards have questionably the best defensive guard in the NBA with John Wall. Other than him, nobody really stands out to be a lockdown defender. The Wizards are allowing teams to shoot 26.6 3-pointers per game, while they make 10 of those per game on average. That’s 30 points a night. Also, allowing the opposing teams to shoot 47% from the field, which is 5th worst in the NBA.
RETWEET to send the Wall-Star to the NBA All-Star Game
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Washington has also struggled on the post on the defensive end of the floor. Nerlens Noel has been on the trade block with the 76ers because of his increasing complaints on playing time and how their organization is being ran. Washington may want to see how much they would have to give up in order to obtain Noel from Philadelphia.
3rd and 4th Quarters: The Wizards on many occasions have built themselves up a lead going into the break at half time. Once they get out of that locker room, they forget what to do. Against the Houston Rockets on January 2nd, the Wizards had a 12-point lead at half time, but the Rockets came back and outscored the Wizards 60-38 in the last 2 quarters. This play had led to the current record being as bad as it is.
VIDEO: John Wall on what went wrong vs. the Rockets.
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When the Wizards are winning at the half they tend to lose control of the games past that point. The Wizards need somebody who can hold down the load in the last 2 quarters because Wall and Beal can’t do it all on their own when closing out games.