The Wizards have had a thrilling start to their season. Despite low expectations, the Wizards look like a young, exciting team. With nine players on their roster under the age of 25, these first three games should give Wizards fans hope for the future.
Frankly, a 2-4 record does not represent how Washington has played so far, as talents seem to be growing. Washington has had a tough schedule to start the season with away games against the Mavericks and Spurs in addition to their home opener against the high-powered Rockets. Despite the challenging start, the Wizards have had a chance to win every game they’ve played so far. And while these might only be moral victories, they should give fans a reason to watch through the season.
The Wizards Are Going to Shoot the Three — for Better or for Worse
The NBA is a make-or-miss league, and it seems that Washington is content with shooting the three either way. In their season opener against Dallas, the Wizards only made 11 threes despite having attempted 41. These numbers posted a woeful 26.8 in three-point percentage.
In their first three games of the season, the Wizards have attempted 116 threes which ranks 18th in the NBA. However, if you consider that most of the league has already played their fourth game, that ranking should be much higher.
Despite the sheer number of threes taken beyond the arc, shooting is still not a strength of this team. They rank 19th in three-point percentage at just over 32 percent.
With shooters like Bradley Beal, Isaiah Thomas, and Davis Bertans on the roster, expect the Wizards to shoot better for threes then they have so far. However, it seems clear that Washington will live and die with the long ball this year — though it’s not a huge strength.
Rui Hachimura Was the Right Pick
After the Wizards drafted Hachimura as their No. 9 pick, some Wizards fans including myself wished the team went with the flashy pick in Duke wing Cam Reddish. However, just after a single game, it’s easy to tell that Hachimura could prove quite special.
The rookie forward has averaged 18 points and seven rebounds while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor playing just around 32 minutes per game.
Hachimura has been impressive all-around so far this season and already looks like one of the most polished prospects from the 2019 draft. Hopefully, the Wizards have finally found their solution to their power forward issues.
The Wizards May Be 1-4… But Tommy Sheppard Won
The Wizards went through a lot of change this offseason. The big news was the firing of long-time General Manager Ernie Grunfeld and the promotion of Tommy Sheppard who proceeded to acquire Isaiah Thomas, Isaac Bonga, Mo Wagner, CJ Miles, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, and Admiral Schofield.
Sheppard has seen his offseason acquisitions play a major role in Washington’s game plan at the start of this season and has proven himself to be an asset to the franchise.
The Wizards may not be ultra-competitive this year, the new, young talent and extended Beal and Bryant multi-year contracts seem to show the team’s movement in the right direction. Not all is lost for the Wizards, and fans should feel excited for what’s to come.