How to Solve the Wizards Shooting Woes, Option Three: Rotation Adjustments
Last but certainly not least, my favorite fix and the most simple one available, is adjustments to the rotation. This is the only one that can be implemented on the spot and yield results instantly.
There are a few ways to tweak the rotation that could help the team shoot the ball better throughout the season. The most important part, and something the coaching staff needs to realize, is consistency is key.
While every night can’t have the exact same substitutions and minutes played, a consistent flow will help everyone. Players will grow more comfortable and gain confidence as they play more and more minutes with certain groups.
Now, that’s not the only thing. Before implementing the consistency, the Wizards need to move some minutes around to go with moving forward. Corey Kispert, the rookie sharpshooter, needs to get more chances than he has so far this season. That being said, his 23.7 minutes per game in January was encouraging.
Daniel Gafford, who is far from a shooter, obviously, could help the team by being on the court more. He is an athletic big man who rolls hard to the rim. That forces defenses into making decisions in split seconds, oftentimes leaving him uncontested at the rim or a teammate open behind the arc.
Davis Bertans, who is known to only bring shooting on the court, must stay out of the rotation until further notice. He can’t knock shots down right now, meaning he has no beneficial skillset on the NBA court.
Deni Avdija is a valuable player to this team but his shot is still very much a work in progress. He needs to have players around him that help cover for what he lacks. He can return the favor on the other end of the court.