Washington Wizards: Final Grades

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Washington Wizards: Final Grades
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I can’t even sugarcoat it. It was another agonizing season for the Wizards. While my expectations of the team as a whole was always low, there’s not a lot of optimism when you have the second-worst record in the NBA.

During the season, drastic changes were made. Flip Saunders was fired as head coach. Team morons Nick Young and JaVale McGee were traded away and Andray Blatche was in bad shape. (no pun intended)

So is there anything to look forward to? Were any improvements made?

 I can go back and forth with that one.

Well, upon the acquisition of former Nuggets center Nene, the Wizards seemed to pick up the pace. While they weren’t winning a lot of games, they were at least being competitive.

In addition to that, the Wizards finally said goodbye to the unfixable McGee and enigmatic Nick Young. It’s disappointing to see them leave and regardless if Nene works out in Washington, it had to be done.

What’s so frustrating about that scenario is both McGee and Young have an incredible talent. Twenty-point scorers don’t grow on trees, and Young could give you 20 a game if he ever fully committed. McGee has the athleticism of a small forward but may be one of the dumbest players I have ever witnessed.

Given Washington’s track record of throwing away talent, I’m sure both of those players will develop into the athletes they are certainly capable of. (Just ask Ben Wallace)

As of right now, the Wizards simply do not have the talent to be a playoff team. Given a look at the roster, one can easily assume that this team has remained in rebuild fashion—or as I like to call it: “They are rebuilding a rebuild.”

It has been brought to our attention that general manager Ernie Grunfeld will inexplicably be retained for the upcoming season. I understand Ted Leonsis has a reputation for being loyal and patient—but give me a break.

Let’s just hope the Wiz get lucky and get the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s draft, therefore, Grunfeld doesn’t have to make any hard decisions. (Anyone in their right mind will take Anthony Davis.)

Anyway, as the season drew to a close last Thursday and the Wizards players maturely celebrated their unsuccessful season at local clubs throughout the city, I have put together grades of the roster. (No, I’m not going to include Cartier Martin or Morris Almond or whatever his name is.)

Just getting a little sidetracked, but I’m assuming you noticed my sarcasm stated above in “maturely celebrate.” Here’s what I mean: I get it, you’re young, you have the funds, have a good time—especially in a city that has a lot to offer.

What I find ridiculous is these advertisements they post on social media with half-naked girls next to them. Being a professional athlete, you have to put yourself on a pedestal. You are getting paid millions to play a children’s game. Start setting a good example. OK, sorry I feel better now, onto the grades.

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