A reoccurring theme on this website is the demand for player acquisitions. The Wizards start slowly, like always. And before you know it, everyone gets in an uproar about Ernie Grunfeld’s ability to field a team. While I support the #FireErnie movement, I do not think he should make any moves this season, or honestly for the remainder of his tenure.
Everyone is saying, trade Kelly Oubre or OttoPorter; well you won’t be able to trade just one player. The deal would be packaged with another player such as Burke or a future draft pick and shake up the team chemistry. I mean, you're going to face two super teams on your path to a championship. Do any of us see a player that replaces Otto and gets us over the elephant sized humps that are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors?
The best teams develop chemistry and confidence from within. Speaking of confidence, look at the run the team is currently on. When a team is as hot as the Wizards, who are 15-6 in their last 21, you do not mix things up on a hope that one addition will propel you somewhere else. If you take out the rough adjustment period and poor start the Wizards always have in November, no one would be asking for any changes. Take Jason Smith as the perfect example of patience rewarded.
All of us were calling for Jason Smith’s head, saying he was the worst player in a Wizards uniform ever, and then he gained confidence. Of recent the man is lighting up the nets, hustling everywhere, and seeing 4th quarter playing time. Scott Brooks has made a career out of developing players and extracting every bit of talent they have. If you look at the recent play, Scott deserves the credit and patience we rarely afford new faces in the nation’s capital.
The biggest issue on the season is clearly bench play. The bench mob did not show up for the first month or so of the season, and we needed to shake things up. Turns out players and coaches take the time to adjust to new situations, who would have thought. Brooks has found lineups and pairings that work best for each individual player and the team as a whole.
I recently wrote an article on the lineups Scotty can put out there, particularly a five-man grouping with Kelly Oubre at the four spot for Markieff Morris that is our second most used on the season. The squad is deadly, outscoring opponents by 33.3 points per 100 possessions. Tomas Satoransky has found a way to contribute as primary bench ball handler, and Trey Burke is thriving off the ball.
Do we really, as a fanbase, trust Ernie to make the right decisions for our future? I say we halt all decision-making processes until Ernie is no longer with the organization. Let Ian Mahinmi come back from his injury and see how Coach Brooks can utilize the players at his disposal and further develop team chemistry.
The only "dead weight" on the roster is Andrew Nicholson, who honestly can’t be moved because of terrible play combined with a terrible contract. He would have to be packaged with a pick or another player, which would take away from the worth of dumping him.
Carmelo Anthony and his lack of defense will not save us, I promise Brandon Knight is not the solution to your problems, a Paul Millsap or Paul George trade would not put us over the hump, but actually place us deep further into a ditch for our foreseeable future. Will Barton is the only name I have heard that actually has potential, but do not have the assets so we should stay put. I say pay Otto and let the squad develop. See what picks we can get, and hope that Ernie is not the one making the choice on them.
I promise if we stick it out with Scotty and show patience throughout Otto, Kelly, and Sato's growth, we will be rewarded with actual longterm success. Be calm and go Wizards!