Hello all! Let’s go through a weekly rundown on how you view the Washington Wizards’ performance as we enter the second half of the 2019-20 NBA season and more.
Wizards results: Fan confidence doesn’t mean high grades
As you might have guessed, fan confidence really didn’t spike up or down very much from last week. Again, same old same old. A solid majority of you are confident in the Wizards’ direction this season.
That said, being confident in the Wizards isn’t the same thing as the midseason grade you would give the team. Over 50 percent of you gave Washington a “C.”
A grade of “C” means average or meeting expectations, at least back in the “good ‘ole days” when there wasn’t much grade inflation. And I agree. A grade of “C” is appropriate.
Before the 2019-20 season started, most of us believed the Wizards would lose more games than they would win, but at least put a fight regardless. We also expected to see at least some young players perform well with extended minutes. Washington has met both of these expectations.
At the same time, the Wizards aren’t exceeding them with flying colors. They aren’t in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack. And we aren’t seeing Rui Hachimura or Anzejs Pasceniks get in the conversation for Rookie of the Year. That also seems to be the case for those of you who voted in the poll. Thankfully, no one gave Washington an “F,” where I think such grades would be a bit hyperbolic.
National Results: Fans give the 2019-20 NBA season a “B”
When you look at the 2019-20 NBA season as a whole, fans are feeling pretty good about how it’s going. Here are some of the possible reasons why, and all records are accurate for games played through Jan. 25.
- LeBron James is playing at a really high level for the Los Angeles Lakers as their starting point guard, leading them to a 36-9 record, best in the Western Conference.
- The Toronto Raptors may no longer have Kawhi Leonard, but they are still among the Eastern Conference’s best teams with a 31-14 record, tied with the Miami Heat for second-best in the conference.
- Luka Doncic has played a major part getting the Dallas Mavericks back to the playoff pack.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder are surprisingly 27-19 despite losing Russell Westbrook in free agency last summer.
- And for that matter, the Memphis Grizzlies are currently eighth in the Western Conference.
Again, there is no single reason why we should grade a season higher or lower, but most people are pleased with how things are going so far.
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