Washington Wizards: Top 5 takeaways from an AMA with Tommy Sheppard

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Newly minted Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Sunday afternoon. Here are some takeaways.

On Sunday evening, something wonderful happened in Washington Wizards land. General Manager Tommy Sheppard took up his keyboard and participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session about his team and his position.

For those that aren’t familiar, an “Ask Me Anything” (also referred to as an “AMA”) session is just as it sounds, the users of Reddit (who are also hopefully Washington Wizards fans) can ask the host any question they want. Reddit verifies that the host is in fact who they say they are, and that host then can choose to answer whichever questions they think would be best to answer.

Obviously, this is huge for Wizards fandom, and even bigger for outlets that cover the Wizards such as Wizard of Awes. So, I took the time to scroll through the entirety of the AMA thread to bring you all the biggest nuggets of information, and I’ll try my best in the coming slides to read between the lines and explain what his answers could mean for the Washington Wizards for the rest of this season, and beyond.

There were some tough questions thrown his way, and some funny ones too, but I’ll be focusing on comments about the team’s direction and roster implications in this slide show. For the full AMA, you can read it all here.

Washington Wizards fans are falling just short of calling Sheppard a boon to a flailing franchise, but they’re falling just short of that and there’s some cautious optimism that Tommy can surpass the lackluster efforts of ousted GM Ernie Grunfeld. So far, so good, but we aren’t winning just yet, so doing an AMA is certainly a bold move for Tommy.

But he handled it real well and had some pretty eye-opening responses that may just put some Wizards fans to ease. Here are my top five takeaways from the event!

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