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Washington Wizards Midseason Evaluation Thread: Randy Wittman

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We've reached the very midway point of the 2011-12 season, which is kind of refreshing given that the All-Star Break usually signifies the 60-percent mark of the year. As such, we'll be running midseason evaluation threads for each player on the team over the next several days. Next up: Randy Wittman.

Tomorrow: Ernie Grunfeld and Ted Leonsis.

RELEVANT STATS (BASIC)

  • Wizards' record under Wittman: 5-11
  • Wizards' record before Wittman: 2-15
  • Wizards' efficiency differential under Wittman: -7.4
  • Wizards' efficiency differential before Wittman: -11.3

RELEVANT STATS (ADVANCED)

  • Wizards' offensive efficiency under Wittman: 98.3 (would be 23rd over a full season)
  • Wizards' offensive efficiency before Wittman: 92.9 (would be 29th over a full season)
  • Wizards' defensive efficiency under Wittman: 105.7 (would be 28th over a full season)
  • Wizards' defensive efficiency before Wittman: 104.2 (would be 25th over a full season)
  • Wizards' pace under Wittman: 97.1 (would be second over a full season)
  • Wizards' pace before Wittman: 95.2 (would be seventh over a full season)

RELEVANT STATS, OFFENSE (VERY ADVANCED)

  • Effective field goal percentage under Wittman: 47.7
  • Effective field goal percentage before Wittman: 43.9
  • Turnover rate under Wittman: 17.2
  • Turnover rate before Wittman: 15.6
  • Offensive rebound rate under Wittman: 29
  • Offensive rebound rate before Wittman: 24.6
  • Free-throw rate under Wittman: 26.9
  • Free-throw rate before Wittman: 26.9

RELEVANT STATS, DEFENSE (VERY ADVANCED)

  • Effective field goal percentage under Wittman: 48.7
  • Effective field goal percentage before Wittman: 50.8
  • Turnover rate under Wittman: 15.9 (would be third)
  • Turnover rate before Wittman: 16.5 (would be
  • Defensive rebound rate under Wittman: 67.1
  • Defensive rebound rate before Wittman: 72.1
  • Free-throw rate under Wittman: 33
  • Free-throw rate before Wittman: 29.4
(all via HoopData)

Synopsis: Wittman certainly hasn't orchestrated a major turnaround, but the Wizards have played better under his watch. His focus on accountability seems to have helped, especially offensively, though it also helps that Andray Blatche's injury prevented a tough situation where he may have had to bench him. I also think the team's offensive improvement is a direct result of Wittman simplifying the concepts instead of having them run Flip Saunders' thick playbook. That said, given Wittman's lack of success as a permanent head coaching option, I have a hard time believing he deserves to be the man going forward unless the Wizards play significantly better than how they have played under him thus far.