The 2010s are almost over! Over the course of the week, We’ll go over some of the best moments of the decade that almost (or already) was depending on when the pieces come out. But for now, let’s take a look at one key piece. Who are the best players on the Washington Wizards during the 2010s?
Over the last 10 years, we have seen the Wizards reach new heights as a franchise. They won their first division title since the 1970s and were just one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017.
John Wall was the Wizards’ franchise cornerstone and Ted Leonsis was the owner for the entire time. But who were the best players of the decade? Wall, of course, makes the team. But who else joins him?
Here is the All-Time 2010s Wizards team below!
The All-2010s Washington Wizards
John Wall, Backcourt
Over 10 seasons with the Wizards, Wall averaged 19.0 points and 9.2 assists per game since being the first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. He earned five consecutive All-Star bids from 2014-18 and was an All-NBA Third Team member in the 2016-17 season. Wall is now the Wizards’ career leader in assists and steals.
Bradley Beal, Backcourt
Beal was the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, where he became a two-time NBA All-Star in 2018 and 19. In addition, Beal was one of the final pieces of the Wizards’ playoff and conference contending core from the the 2013-14 through 2017-18 NBA seasons when Washington made four playoff appearances in five seasons.
He is now the Wizards’ career leader in three point shots. He averaged 20.3 points and 3.9 assists per game during his career so far.
Marcin Gortat, Frontcourt
Gortat was traded to the Wizards in 2013 in exchange for Emeka Okafor. Over five seasons (2013-14 through 2017-18), he averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
Though the Polish Machine never made an All-Star Game appearance for Washington, Gortat was consistently the Wizards’ bedrock in the middle, always holding his own against many of the NBA’s star big men. He finished seventh in Washington’s career rebounding list.
Otto Porter, Jr., Frontcourt
Porter was the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. averaging 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a Wizard from 2013 to 2019 when he was traded to the Chicago Bulls before the trade deadline.
His best season was in the 2016-17 season when he averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game when Washington won the Southeast Division championship. Even though some fans wished that he would be a higher usage player within Washington’s offense, Porter excelled when he was more of a catch-and-shoot type of player. He’s now with the Chicago Bulls, but you never know if Otto makes a return in Monumental Red someday.
Nene was traded to the Wizards from the Nuggets in the 2011-12 season and played through the 2015-16 season. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in Washington and was part of their first two playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015. Like the other frontcourt players to make the All-2010s team, Nene never made an All-Star team. However, he played above his weight and was a key part getting Washington beyond a rebuilding stage into a team that was in the hunt for a long Eastern Conference playoff run.
Randy Wittman, Head Coach
Scott Brooks may have coached the Wizards to a Southeast Division title, but Wittman played a much bigger role in the development for Washington’s playoff era from 2014-18. It is for that reason that he gets the honor for being the Wizards head coach of the 2010s.
If there’s one thing that I wish this year’s Wizards team had, I wish they would play with the defensive tenacity most of Wittman’s teams had when Washington had an above average defense within the league.
Wittman led Washington to a 178-199 record in the regular season from 2012-16 and a 12-9 record in the playoffs, earning him the nickname “Playoff Randy.”
As site manager emeritus Jake Whitacre would like to remind you from time to time, four of those 12 wins came from a sweep over the Toronto Raptors in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
At times like this I'm reminded the Wizards swept the Raptors in the 2015 playoffs— Jake Whitacre (@jakewhitacre) October 16, 2019