3 Ways the Wizards can Improve from Behind the Arc

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How to Solve the Wizards Shooting Woes, Option One: Trade

The most obvious way to fix a hole on an NBA roster is to make a trade to fill that hole. That’s where we begin, although it might be the least likely route the team takes to specifically address their shooting struggles.

In a trade, it would be all about what they are removing from the roster and what they are adding to the roster, obviously. That means some players and positions make a lot more sense. For instance, the Wizards easiest spot to upgrade shooting is at the point guard position.

Spencer Dinwiddie has never been a very good three-point shooter and this year things have been no different. Instead of being a threat to knock shots down, Dinwiddie is best with the ball in his hands attacking the rim. That could be fine if the Wizards didn’t have Beal in the backcourt, who is the best facilitator on the team and the best player to run the offense through.

With Dinwiddie’s shooting struggles it limits Beal’s space and options. Moving on from Dinwiddie early in his contract for a more competent shooter at the position would instantly give the entire offense more spacing.

By default, that would help them get more open shots. As long as the player traded for is also good enough to take control of the offense for stretches, the Wizards could pursue this avenue.

Someone like Kemba Walker might fit this approach. The Wizards don’t need it to be at guard, as any shooters will help them at this point. Trading for a proven and capable shooter is an obvious way to improve the team’s three-point shooting.