The Washington Wizards are a smaller market franchise in the NBA, and with the criticism the likes of the LA Lakers are currently receiving, that may be a good thing. The Wizards currently have a 4 and 23 record in the NBA, making them the worst team not only in their conference, but the entire league.
The Wizards are currently 30th in the league for points per game with an average of 88.6, they are 22nd in the league for assists per game with only 20.7 and they are 15th in the league for points allowed with 97.2 per game which are clearly below average team statistics.
Twenty two year old, former 2010 number one draft pick John Wall is a great athlete and an impressive player, with career averages of 16.3ppg, 8.3apg and 1.6stlpg, but even he could not single handedly improve this current Wizards roster. They simply lack the passion and heart to win basketball games.
With the highly talented John Wall suffering a non-traumatic stress injury to his knee (he is expected back in two weeks) in the pre-season, he has been out of action for the entire 2012/13 season to date. But ultimately this unfortunate incident should be giving other Wizard players a chance to step up their production. Unfortunately even with the recently drafted talent they have acquired, this lift in production has not occurred.
Jan Vesely, former 6th overall pick in the 2011 draft class is currently averaging 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg
Chris Singleton, former 18th overall pick in the 2011 draft class is averaging 4.5ppg and 3.7rpg
Bradley Beel, 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft class is averaging 12.8ppg, 2.6apg and 3.6rpg
A very real concern for this Washington Wizards franchise should be the lack of improvement there recent draftees have shown. This lack of improvement comes down to one of many possibilities; a lack of leadership? poor coaching and developement? a poor culture within the organisation?
Some familiar names are also currently filling the Wizards roster. With the likes of former Nuggets big man Nene as well as Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Jordan Crawford. Unfortunately every single one of the previously mentioned players are underperforming and this is what has resulted in their poor win-loss record.
I am not saying the Wizards should be a playoff team or even close, but i am saying no more excuses, it is time that the Wizards franchise, coaching staff and players stood up and started being recognised as the terrible team that they are, no more ‘FLYING UNDER THE RADAR’.