|2011-12 Team Rating|
|29 Overall||26 Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
Lots of promise, lots of underachieving. JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche have skills but they're too undisciplined. Rashard Lewis is the NBA's second-highest paid player at $22 million.
John Wall is an exciting player who's struggling when forced to take a jumper (41 percent). Nick Young was supposed to be in contract mode, but he's struggling, too.
The Wizards are loaded with quick-and-frisky players and can play acceptable defense when the spirit moves them. McGee is a shotblocker, but chases monster swats too much.
Jordan Crawford and rookie Jan Vesely were supposed to lead here but Crawford can't shoot (36 percent) and Vesely is still trying to figure it all out. Trevor Booker's not bad.
Flip Saunders was fired last month and Randy Wittman -- a near-clone -- was elevated. Saunders didn't connect with his squad and it seems the Wizards are often self-coaching.
The Wizards, to date, rank as one of the more depressing dramas of the NBA season.
They have intriguing young talent and absolutely no clue. That's frustrating for their coach, their front office, their ownership and especially their fans, who see the potential and ultimately end up shaking their head at what's being wasted. How can a team this young and this promising seem so detached?
Saunders never had a chance, and now the question is whether Ernie Grunfeld, who put this team together, will make it to next season. The Wizards must also hope John Wall doesn't develop any bad habits and that McGee matures into the player the franchise thinks he can be. Otherwise, this appears to be a lost season for a team that hoped to make a strong playoff push when it began.
-- Shaun Powell
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|