After watching Wittman's presser after the game today (which I foolishly attended) it is relatively clear that the issue above all right now is that there is no rotation or set group of guys that WIttman can have on the floor at any given time an expect anything. Undoubtedly virtually every rotation that has been on the court more than once this season has been completely erratic. For example the starters again Utah jump out to a quick 15-2 lead, but cant make a field goal for their life tonight. Wittman also did identify that at some point you need to have your 8-9 guys that will be leading your team, and that you can't have a 12-13 player rotation every night. Reason is, the time you take to figure out what works you dug yourself a nice hole to climb out of, which is really what the Wizards' season has been like. Wittman hit the point on the nail, however I don't think he is making the right moves, even though there has not been a single player on the roster this year that has shown consistency. Sooner or later though you just need to take the performances for what they have been and make decisions.
With that being said, this is what I would be thinking if I was Wittman. First, I would identify the actual positive stretches we have had that have lasted longer that 5 minutes, thus eliminating the beginnings of the Utah game and Bucks game. That pretty much just leaves the comebacks that we have had. Today's 3rd-4th quarter is a good example, 2nd half of the Dallas game, etc. Look at who has been playing then. Perhaps I would begin to think that after looking at this that both Seraphin and Crawford were central in almost all of these comebacks, which have been by far our overall most productive periods on the floor. Pointing out those two is I believe obvious (hence it is a mystery to me why Seraphin is not starting), so it is the rest of the rotation that is important. Obviously there is no star on our team so we just need to look at players that are doing well for the team as opposed to individual efforts. As many problems as I have with Jan Vesely, he has had the best +/- stat from an Wizard this season. Even though he is not individually impressive, the team does well when he is on the floor, so pencil him in. Even though Shaun Livingston has only played 2 games now, the offensive clearly looks better in his hands than in AJ Price's, however I don't consider the PG spot so important in the spectrum of the season since John Wall will be all over that spot. Regardless, I would consider Livingston as the starter until Wall is back, since he just looks much more effective, and go figure was big in the comeback tonight. Brad Beal needs to be in the rotation as well, since he plays hard and has the ability to score the ball. While he has been inconsistent, he is starting to figure it out as time goes on. Tonight for example he did not shoot well, but still managed to lead the team in scoring by finally getting a good amount of free throws. The ability Beal has to get a score the ball makes him needed in the rotation, however I am liking the idea of keeping him behind Crawford. So thats 5 guys I have in my main rotation now, Beal, Crawford, Seraphin, Livingston and Vesely. The final spots I would have to fill with players that have shown effort. For me, that leaves Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and that's right im being bold here, Earl Barron. Chris Singleton has come up big in the little time he has been getting this year and also looks really improved. He was huge at Boston and made some big plays tonight. Booker always fights hard even when he is having a bad night and at this point I'll take that. Lastly, Earl Barron has barely played this season but has played hard and been positive for our team when he has been in the game. Tonight he did a nice job while he was in, despite his dumb foul on Augustine at the end of the 1st half. He focused on the little things like rebounding and playing solid defense which is priceless for this team right now. He has shown that he deserves more playing time. That puts my 8 together, who I feel have performed the best this season, but have also but in the most effort. Wall and Nene would just fill out that rotation and if anyone on this team will, I feel its those guys would get the job done for use, since they are the only ones that have this season. While none of these guys have proven worthy this season, I feel that either Ariza or Webster will need to play a role this season. My feeling is if any it will be Webster who steps up, but like I said I have not seen anything to support that.
Even without Wall and Nene, I feel like this group of guys is still much better than what we had last year at this time so I am rather shocked that we broke our own futility record tonight. Generally I will say that I feel despite all the troubles this season we are mostly just a notch away from a win and having those to guys back will boost us tremendously. Just add 5-10 points per game of fast break points. Our fast break is non existent right now and having John Wall on the floor would single-handily take care of that. Just for starters.