Washington Wizards: Why Destroying the Roster Is Wizards' Only Option
Finishing with the second worst winning percentage in the league, the Wizards' 2011-2012 season can be thought of as a failure. Even though we learned valuable things about many players on the team, the team failed to meet its goals. With that said, it's time to blow up the roster.
Besides John Wall, there's not a single player that the Wizards need to keep. Yes, Trevor Booker and Nene are good low post players, and Jordan Crawford brings scoring off the bench, but that is not enough.
Is a line up of Wall, Bradley Beal (or other draft choice), Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Nene good enough to get out of the lottery? Probably not. While this roster lineup would exert maximum effort, there's just simply not enough talent around Wall to make an impact on the league.
While Wall is trying to make the leap to being a great player, the Wizards need to surround him with another star or almost-star player. Nene is a great veteran center who will help the culture in Washington, but he can't take any pressure off of Wall offensively. The Wizards need another player who can create shots and produce offense in long bursts like Wall can.
A player like Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith or Rudy Gay would take the offensive pressure away from Wall for parts of the game. These aren't superstars, but players who excel at multiple skills on the basketball court. If one of these players is available to Washington, I would have no problem blowing up the roster to grab them. If this could happen, the Wizards should add their draft pick and some veteran leadership to make a competitive team.
As the Wizards are currently constructed, their ceiling is the current Utah Jazz, a good team that shows maximum effort, but ultimately is taken out of the playoffs in the first round. This is the easy route for Washington to take. If they truly wanted to make a splash in the league, they need to consider destroying the line up.
John Wall is hopefully going to be making the jump to being an elite point guard in the next few years, and Washington needs to surround him with the best possible players. One of the payers listed above would allow the Wizards to have a truly dangerous offensive team and be one of the most improved teams next season.
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