It is usually quite simple to evaluate how players are doing in any particular season? Are they leading the team to more wins? Are they scoring, rebounding and assisting more than past seasons? Things like that.
For coaches, it’s often quite easy as well. In the case of a championship-winning team like the Washington Mystics, Mike Thibault’s performance is going to be evaluated on how many regular season wins his team gets and how far they go in the playoffs.
But for teams that are projected to be in the draft lottery like the Washington Wizards, we can’t just look at wins and losses.
Head coach Scott Brooks finds himself in a similar spot that he was in back in the 2008-09 season when he was with a very young Oklahoma City Thunder squad that ultimately went 23-59. Yes, he became the interim head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired amidst a 1-12 start but it wasn’t like OKC figured to competed for much then.
The Wizards are projected to be in a similar spot as most predict the team will finish with under 30 wins this season. Therefore, evaluating Brooks is going to have to be on other things that bring more wins in the long term.
For example, Rui Hachimura has been off to a great start this season and Thomas Bryant is continuing to show improvement from his breakout year, last season. Those are things that Washington needs if they expect to make the postseason.
But even with veterans like Bradley Beal, it will be important to see if he can keep his composure and stay consistent throughout the season, even if the wins aren’t coming right away.
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