|2013-14 Team Rating|
|21stth Overall||13thth Overall|
Stats Through Jan. 20
Marcin Gortat has been every bit the factor and force the Wizards hoped they'd be when they traded for him, while Trevor Ariza has consistently been a quality veteran presence. Nene has played well, when healthy, and gives the Wizards a physical 1-2 punch down low with Gortat.
John Wall has taken his game to that next level, some people would argue that he's played at an All-Star level. Either way, he is the catalyst Wizards owner Ted Leonsis paid him to be this summer. A healthy Bradley Beal helps push this duo over the top and into that elite realm, when these guys are grooving.
Being a top defensive team is nothing new to the Wizards, who have maintained their defensive identity under Randy Wittman throughout each and every reincarnation of the roster. Wittman has been able to convince his team's to buy into the defense first mantra consistently.
Martell Webster, Trevor Booker and Garrett Temple are the unsung heroes for this team. They've been the guys who have stepped up and filled in wherever and whenever needed. Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely have played supporting roles as well, when pressed into service.
Wittman's is an extremely curious case, because he's always considered to be on the hot seat by someone, yet he always keeps his job. If the Wizards are finally turning the corner and going to make a return to the postseason, it's only fitting that it comes on Wittman's watch.
The Wizards went all in for the playoff this season and barring a complete breakdown will see that come to fruition, no doubt with the aid of an absolute epic fail of a season from most of the would-be playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards don't need to worry about that qualifier, though. They need only concern themselves with making it to the postseason.
That doesn't mean everything has worked out as planned. Rookies Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. have not been the contributors many expected them to be, for various reasons. And as the Wizards know better than most, an untimely injury to the wrong player can derail a season in an instant. So Wizards fans might want to hold on the playoff celebration parties until that ticket is officially punched.
-- Sekou Smith
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|