There is no denying the Washington Wizards have struggled quite bit this season, mostly due to the absence of star John Wall. The first overall pick of the 2012 draft has yet to see any action on the court this season due to a stress injury to his left patella.
This was a devastating blow to both the organization and Wall, whom many predicted to have a breakout year.
His injury has forced the franchise to look for other players on the roster to replace all the production that the team was expecting from the former Kentucky star. Simply put, this search hasn't been too pretty.
Washington possesses a dismal 3-16 record, and their are few positives to take away from the first quarter of games. Veterans Nenê Hilário, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, who have all been acquired in the last year, have failed to turn this team into a competitor for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Prospects Jan Veselý, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford and Chris Singleton have shown little improvement in their respective games from last season, but the biggest disappointment is the play of Bradley Beal.
The rookie is scoring only 12 points per contest on 36 percent shooting from the field. The Wizards were probably expecting a little more production and efficiency from the third overall pick of this year's draft.
Nevertheless, a return of their point guard would do wonders in bringing this team around. However, the team doesn't have a timetable for Wall, which hurts the Wizards' quest to salvage their season.