After lamenting over the Wizards lopsided loss to the San Antonio Spurs last night, I looked at the scores of other NBA games and noticed that the New Orleans Hornets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105- 98 in Los Angeles. New Orleans was playing without its two best players: Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. New Orleans is 4-9; somehow the team has managed to win 4 games with a roster primarily comprised of role players. Here were the starting five players for New Orleans last night:
Here were the starting five players for the Wizards last night:
Who do you think has the better team on paper; the Wizards or New Orleans? The Wizards record is 0-12; New Orleans record is 4-9. I'm not a basketball expert by any means, but I know there is something wrong with this picture. Not playing with our two best players: Wall and Nene, is no excuse for being winless.
New Orleans is one example of rosters void of quality NBA players who manage to win some games. There are a number of teams around the league whose roster is equal to or less than the Wizards-at least on paper. We could make an argument that Toronto, Detroit, Charlotte, Orlando, Cleveland (without Kyrie Erving), Sacramento, and Minnesota (without Love and Rubio) have rosters of similar quality to the Wizards but all of these teams have managed to win some games. I can only conclude that our current problems are not just due to the construction of our roster, but also due to the management of the roster. Ernie Grunfeld built the NBA's version of the Titanic, but Randy Wittman is steering the ship.
At this juncture, the Wizards are a paper tiger; a team that looks good on paper (relative to other nonplayoff teams), but plays poorly on the court. Accountability goes to those responsible for results. Does Ted dismiss both Grunfeld and Wittman for the Wizards dismal performance? Does Wittman need to go first for mismanagement? Or should they be thrown overboard together; with a lifeboat or without?