Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of times Washington has lost at least six of their first seven games to start a season the last 20 years, which is
Over the last two decades, Wizards fans have had one-in-four odds of seeing their team start the season 1-6 or worse. That’s not great, but certainly not surprising to anyone who has followed the team for a long amount of time.
If those past slow starts are any indication, they may not be a big turnaround on the way. Let’s take a look back at what happened the last four times Washington started 1-6 or worse.
1999-00: Wizards fire Gar Heard on January 31 after a 14-30 start. Washington finished the season 29-53.
2008-09: Wizards fire Eddie Jordan on November 24 after a 1-10 start. Washington finished the season 19-63.
2011-12: Wizards fire Flip Saunders on January 24 after a 2-15 start. Washington finished the lockout-shortened season 20-46.
2012-13: Washington started the season 4-28 in Randy Wittman’s first full season as head coach. He kept his job after the Wizards went 25-25 with John Wall back in the lineup.
2018-19: To be determined.