The Washington Wizards weren’t a very good team last season. Their best player was a rookie point guard who from time to time went on wild tangents, as rookie point guards tend to do; the former franchise player—and his murder/suicide contract situation—started the season in a sluggish way before being traded for another one dimensional player whose bi-monthly paycheck comes more undeserved than 98% of this country; the leading scorer averaged 1.2 assists per game and would occassionally steal the ball from his teammates as a means to increase shot attempts; youth preceeded immaturity, which naturaly led to fist fights in strip club parking lots; nobody seemed to have any idea what the concept of “team defense” was or why it’s so often able to help championship caliber teams win championships; and to top it all off, Mike Bibby said thanks but no thanks to $6 million just so he could avoid making awkward small talk with Yi Jianlian.
Washington finished last season with 23 victories, good for last place in the Southeast Division. On November 25th they lost by 20 points in Atlanta. A little over one month later, on December 27th, they fell victim in Houston. Guess how many wins they tallied in between? Two. Once again to reiterate my initial point, the Wizards weren’t a very good team. And you know what? Little has changed. The point guard is still barely capable of growing reasonable facial hair, the shooting guard threatens those who don’t divert from the gameplan to pass him the ball, and the starting center spent the offseason embarrassing himself in unofficial exhibitions—either by way of physical action or classic foot in mouth statements.
The team is still young and still inexperienced. Their two frist round draft picks (Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton) could turn out to have serious value, but, as with all the other rookies of this class, are left marginalized by no offseason interaction with their new employer. This problem extends to almost every other young team in the league, in that no offseason togetherness will allow any newfound cohesion to surface, and all of them will suffer.
The season could be 82 games, 66, or 15, and it wouldn’t make any difference. The Wizards aren’t going to make the playoffs this year, and will likely struggle next as well.