Editor's note: This was written before the Pistons game on January 21 so the piece was edited there. Still, the gist of this piece remains.
When Scott Brooks was hired I was excited for a fresh start with the Wizards franchise. Not to mention his impressive resume in the NBA being the 2010 Coach of the Year and a two-time NBA All-Star Game coach with Oklahoma City Thunder. Coach Brooks had two special talents to coach since he had 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and a young James Harden. This led to doubt from people wondering how much was his success a result of having top talent than his ability to coach. I also had this thought in my head as the Wizards do not have a player the caliber of Kevin Durant.
Coach Brooks was known to be very dedicated to player development. With players like Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, and even John Wall, his ability to develop players would be put to the test. This was amazing to hear because the Wizards previous coach Randy Wittman preferred to have a very short leash for rookies and preferred playing the veterans.
Fast forward to the early part of the season and the wizards were 2-8 and at rock bottom. Many Wizards fans and I began to think this was another disappointing season and the Wizards were lottery bound. Most teams at this point would begin to lose hope and fall apart. The Wizards' season, however, began to turn for the better.
Scott Brooks kept his team together fighting through adversity knowing his team was better then what their record showed. The Wizards players continued to fight and did not quit and I attribute that to Scott Brooks and John Wall also. The Wizards are now on 13-game winning streak at home and were on a four game winning streak until their loss to the Pistons yesterday. Either way, the Wizards are one of the NBA's hottest teams right now.
Brooks has shown his commitment to player development as Porter, Beal and Wall are having the best year of their careers. Porter has one of the league's best three point shooting percentages while being Top 10 in 2-Pt Field Goal Pct and True Shooting Pct. Beal has upped his 3 Pt attempts from 4.9 in 2015-16 to 7.1 this season while also improving his passing ability.
The bench has struggled this season but Brooks has done his best to make it work while giving rookies Tomas Satoransky, Kelly Oubre, and Sheldon McClellan meaningful playing time to help develop their games. I think the Wizards could make a run at the Eastern Conference Finals with Coach Brooks at the helm he has this team playing great ball and can compete with any team in the Eastern Conference and will be in the playoff mix for years to come.