Recently, GM Ernie Grunfeld has made a few moves to give Wizards fans some hope moving forward (surprising considering Grunfeld’s poor history). The trade with Atlanta was certainly worth it for the Wiz, and somehow getting rid of Mike Bibby’s contract was outstanding–he’s off the books for next season and gives the Wizards even more financial flexibility. And while I liked Al Thornton as a person, he wasn’t a good fit in D.C. More playing time for other guys was needed. But let’s be honest–the Wizards are terrible. They’ve played 60 of 82 regular season games, and have a record of 15-45. They’ve lost seven in a row, and sit at 1-28 on the road. With this terrible play brings a bit of optimism, however. Washington is slowly approaching the worst record in the NBA, which translates to the highest percentage chance at grabbing the first pick in this June’s draft.
In January and February, it looked like the Wizards would finish the year somewhere in the fifth-seventh worst record range. But thanks to their illustrious losing ways of late, Washington has now fallen behind New Jersey, Toronto, and Sacramento. Only the Timberwolves (15-47) and the Cavs (11-49) have worse records.
On Saturday, the Wizards will face off against the Timberwolves in Washington. If Washington were to lose, they’d officially have a worse record than the Timberwolves and would move into second place for the most lottery balls at their disposal. Obviously, I’d rather Washington win than lose, and I certainly don’t encourage tanking, but the way things are looking, I wouldn’t totally be against a few more losses. As we approach the home-stretch of the season, it’ll be interesting to see if other D.C. fans jump on that bandwagon. This year’s draft isn’t particularly deep, but hey, if you can get the first pick as opposed to the fifth, wouldn’t you jump all over it regardless?