I know I'll get some flack for this post from some fans, but I think losing this year will be better for this team in the long run then having a solid record and possibly making the 8th seed would. Read more below the jump:
My reasoning is simple. I don't think having an OK record and going something like .500 will really have much of a positive impact on this team's future. By doing that, we're pretty much entering Indiana Pacers land -- when a team isn't good enough to make a run in the playoffs, or bad enough to get great draft picks. IMO, we either need to suck, or be great, and we're definitely not a great team right now. Right now, we only have one stud, and 14 other question marks. I think a few other players can devlop into legit building blocks (McGee, Dray), but I'm not sold on either putting in enough work or having the BBIQ to become the dominant frontcourt their talent suggests. And we have other good young players like JC, Seraphin, Booker, Singleton, Vesely, but I don't see any of those guys becoming stars or a legit second wheel.
This year's draft I feel is our best chance to acquire another superstar. This year's draft is very deep, and even if we don't get the #1 pick, the Wizards would still have a lot of options, and could still find a star in the top 10. A top pick next year would become our next best asset after Wall, and would catapult the rebuild.
I just don't want the team to become too good too fast like Cleveland did w/ LeBron. After they got LeDouche, you can even say they got too good too fast, and they were never able to properly rebuild and become a truly great team. I hear a lot of people say that we need to be good this year so we don't frustrate John Wall and make him leave when his contract expires, but do you think that he would resign with a team that will be in contention for the playoffs every year but will get booted out in the 1st round every year? That's mediocrity, and he would probably want to leave for greener pastures.
But I like that Ted is staying the course and not taking any shortcuts. If the right FA come (Dwight?), you obviously make a move for him, but I don't want this team to be focused on getting low-tier stars at this point of the rebuild.