Season Evaluations: Randy Wittman

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Ben Mehic:

As Akbar noted, Randy Wittman has far exceeded our expectations this season.

February 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman looks on from the bench against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wittman’s club has performed at an elite level defensively for quite some time, and some of that credit has to go him and his staff. His communication with the team has also been great. Teams which struggle to produce in the win column, often don’t have great communication with their coaching staff. Bottom feeding teams often don’t buy into their coach’s strategies. Washington has done the complete opposite with Wittman. Not only have the Wizards bought into Wittman’s system, but they’ve managed to play competent basketball throughout the season. With John Wall in the lineup, Randy Wittman’s team has been +.500. Washington was obviously plagued with injuries all season long, but Wittman has managed to keep the rest of the players ready.

His rotations and mind set when it comes to substitutions remain suspect, but all in all, Wittman has done a good job with this current roster. Washington doesn’t have the most talented group of guys, but Wittman and the rest of his coaching staff have turned them into a mediocre squad. Is he a long term solution? I don’t know. He’s not perfect, but I certainly acknowledge the positive things he’s been able to do with this team.

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