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Should Wiz Go Small?


It only took Michael Lee 32 games to write a story on it, but SF, the position that was supposed to be the Wizards strength at the beginning of the season, is now an Achilles heel (and they have a few). We here on BF have acknowledged it for a while, other sites as well, but with all the other "story lines" surrounding the Wizards this season, this topic finally got poked and prodded in the locker room. Finally calling a spade...a spade.

After drafting Jan Vesely 6th overall, then "stealing" Chris Singleton at #18, resigning Mo Evans, and not amnestying Lewis, conceivably the Wizards had four players at the SF position, making it their deepest position. However Vesely hasn't played SF, Singleton is showing why he slipped in the draft, Mo is here for leadership (from the bench), and Lewis looks like the oldest 32 year old I've ever watched.

The Wizards are getting ZERO production from their SF and that just can't happen from a position that usually produces scoring. Think about. The modern NBA is dominated by SF's and PG's. From LeBron to Durant, Pierce to Gay, talented small forwards are abundant in the league, just not for the Wizards.

Often we've seen Randy Wittman go "small" in the fourth quarter and play three guards (Wall, Young, and Crawford), which typically has been a rather effective lineup, at least from a scoring prospective. So my question then becomes, why not get right to business and start the game with Nick Young at SF and Crawford at SG, making sure that offensively they're going to get production from their perimeter players?

Singleton has a long ways to go offensively and his defense isn't nearly the "lockdown" player we had all talked about previously.

Lewis is shooting 32% averaging 4 ppg and 2 rpg in his last 7 games.

At 7-25 there's no reason why the starting lineup needs to remain consistent, clearly whatever they're doing is not "working", therefore I'd prefer to see Wittman change it up, tweaking the rotations, being creative, and try to find something that puts the team in a better chance to be successful, after all that's what a coach's main responsibility is at the professional level.

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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