The latest Wizards blowout loss is the fault of the front office

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The new Washington Wizards front office did a lot of things right since taking over the team last offseason. They chose a direction, executed the long-awaited Bradley Beal trade, and drafted Bilal Coulibaly with their lottery pick. The team has a clear vision and a plan for the future for the first time in a while. However, the Wizards' embarrassing on-court performance and blowout losses are a direct result of the mistakes of the same front office.

Wizards fans are not expecting this team to be good. They knew that this team was likely going to win around 25 games this season. They were just hoping for a competitive, respectable team who could stay in games. Yet, as last night's 146-101 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers demonstrated once again, that is not the case. The Washington Wizards are utterly and completely hopeless.

The frustrating part is that once the news that Daniel Gafford was unavailable to play due to injury, every Wizards fan knew what the game was going to look like. The team was going to go up against the reigning MVP Joel Embiid with a center rotation of Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala.

That is basically waving the white flag before the game even starts. That is not unacceptable.

The front office needed to give this team a chance to compete, and they chose not to. Not having any viable backup centers on the roster was a choice this front office made, and it's resulting in one blowout loss after another. It's not a surprise that Embiid has averaged 44 points in 33 minutes per game on 67.5% shooting from the field in three Wizards games this season.

The opponents shoot over 71% at the rim against the Washington Wizards, the best mark in the entire league. The Wizards' defense ranks dead last in the league, allowing 123.8 points per 100 possessions. They are the worst rebounding team in the league.

These would certainly look better if the Washington Wizards weren't physically overmatched every single night. They get dominated in the paint, on the boards, and around the rim night in and night out. That is a deflating way to lose.

There are plenty of things to criticize about individual player performances or coach Wes Unseld Jr's competence. However, the hopeless situation the Wizards are currently in is mostly due to the team construction. And that is on the front office.

For this young team to develop and play up to their potential, they need to be given a chance by providing them with a real NBA team with some size, strength, and defensive chops. Otherwise, it will continue to be one desultory blowout after another.

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