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Washington

Wizards

Southeast

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
94.4104.1
29 Overall26 Overall
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Stats through Feb. 16

W

7

L

23

PCT

.233

GB

16

CONF

5-17

DIV

2-4

HOME

4-12

ROAD

3-11

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
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.

F

BckCourt
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.

C

Defense
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.

D

Bench
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.

D-

Coaching
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.

F

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F

Summary

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

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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