Every preseason, the NBA releases a survey on GM’s beliefs on season predictions, players and coaches. The results were released last Tuesday, and they weren’t particularly kind to the Washington Wizards.
I don’t think anyone would have guessed that the Wizards would win the NBA championship this year, and that’s fine. The Nets were the paper champions in the survey.
But if there’s one question where the Wizards should have ranked high on, it’s on a ranking of who the best shooting guards are.
According to the survey, James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets was first with 63 percent of the vote, followed by Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks was third with 10 percent. From adding up the remaining votes (30 votes in total), Bradley Beal received one vote in a three-way tie with Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant of the Nets.
Wasn’t Beal the leading scorer of the East last year And aren’t Doncic (and Curry) listed as point guards as well?
The Wizards on the other hand, did get multiple votes for the significant offseason moves. Here’s where they ranked:
- 3rd place (2 votes) for the team that made the best overall moves this offseason
- 3rd place (4 votes) for Spencer Dinwiddie as the most underrated player acquisition
- 1st place (15 votes) for the most surprising move of the offseason Russell Westbrook getting traded from Washington to the Lakers last summer.
Washington did not get any votes on questions regarding team defense or rookies. But Wes Unseld, Jr. received a vote for being a new coach who will make the biggest impact on his new team.