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The Wizards have been an absolute mess on the court.
2012-13 record: 9-30
It's not just the Washington Wizards' record that spells trouble for Randy Wittman's future with the team. The real issue is just the way that they look on the court.
Over the past year, the Wizards have made a painstaking effort to surround John Wall with real, experienced basketball players. They shipped out talented, but immature players like Nick Young and JaVale McGee and replaced them with vets like Nene and Emeka Okafor.
The idea was to change the culture around Wall. The team sacrificed financial flexibility in order to build around Wall and finally resemble a real basketball team. It was a gamble, but a reasonable one.
The problem is that the Wizards still look like a disorganized mess on the basketball court. They're starting to look slightly better now that Wall is back from injury, but that's mostly just because he's a talented player.
Wall's early absence alone doesn't account for the fact that the Wizards don't have any offensive or defensive direction. They're genuinely hard to watch sometimes, and that certainly isn't what Washington was going for when they made those earlier deals.
According to the Washington Post's Mike Wise, Wizards general manager Ted Leonsis said in training camp:
We would all find it unacceptable if we finished with the second- or third-worst record in the NBA this year. That would be a failure and the failure would start with me.
Well, the Wizards don't have the second- or third-worst record in the NBA. They have the worst record in the NBA. Which means that something will have to change.
The one thing that could save Wittman's job? The Wizards have big wins against the Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
A couple more upsets like that, combined with at least some semblance of on-court improvement, would give Wittman an outside chance of saving his job. But it's a longshot.