Washington Wizards Do Not Become Overnight Contenders with Wall and Nene

December 1st, 2012 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
John Wall has yet to log a single minute this season as he continues to bide his time while he deals with a stress fracture in his left knee. Nene has been limited to four games as he continues to battle lingering plantar fasciitis. Without their two best players, the Washington Wizards have fallen to an NBA-worst 1-13.

Even with their two best players, the Wizards would be hard-pressed to break out of their slump and make a convincing run at the playoffs.

At this early stage of the season, it is borderline absurd to even allude to playoffs. An 82-game schedule allows for far too much change in the standings, and the NBA is just as susceptible to late-season runs or midseason stumbles as any other sport.

Washington started the season shorthanded and has failed to show even a glimmer of hope, even in its lone victory.

From a strictly statistical standpoint, the Wizards are alarmingly mediocre almost across the board. Their crowded frontcourt is inconsistent, and their backcourt is comprised of journeymen and sixth men.

Jordan Crawford leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game, but is shooting an unimpressive 41.2 ...

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