As the Washington Wizards spiral ever onward toward becoming the league's worst team, garnering comparisons to last season's Charlotte Bobcats, it seems only necessary to figure out a way for them to avoid such a harsh fate.
After finally squeaking out a win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, the Wizards sit at 1-12. Before the stopping the bleeding, they came within just six games of tying the 2010 New Jersey Nets for the longest winless start by a team in NBA history.
In the situation the Wizards are in, losing as a general goal is not a bad thing. They've got the opportunity to be the worst team in the league, and eventually, the best shot at grabbing the No. 1 overall pick. For a team this bad, the better the draft pick, the better.
I'm not so sure how much the likes of Cody Zeller, Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Mhammad would help this team, but it would definitely be a positive for them.
However, being bad for the sake of a draft pick has a line, and the rate they're playing at has them hurtling at that line like an asteroid bound for Earth as Bruce Willis has to find out a way to stop it. If they're not careful, the asteroid is going to hit, and they're knocking on the door of being considered one of the worst basketball teams ever.
So I want to help. I don't want to see this happen to another team. It seems only pertinent to set down a list of rules and guidelines to get them out of this gutter and into a more shallow, less grime-filled gutter.