The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in Game 4 of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Washington is down 3-0 and has looked worse in each subsequent game in the series. At the same time, the Sixers seem to be getting better and better. Barring an unexpected comeback, the Wizards are likely losing a fourth game later this week, even if they pull off a win tonight.
And all of that leads me to one big question: Was this season a success for the Wizards in your opinion?
If we take the glass half-full approach, the Wizards’ season was successful. They made the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2018. Trading John Wall for Russell Westbrook saved the season. And trading Troy Brown and Moritz Wagner for DANIEL GAFFORD and Chandler Hutchison was icing on the cake. The emphasis is mine and intentional. And Washington made the postseason despite a January coronavirus outbreak and losing starting center Thomas Bryant early in the regular season.
But at the same time, there’s the glass half-empty approach. The Wizards had a 12-5 April which catapulted from the lottery to the play-in (and now the playoffs), but they gave up 10 games with five-game losing streaks to start the first and second halves of the season. Head Coach Scott Brooks’ rotations have remained iffy, whether it’s not giving Gafford enough minutes during some regular season games .... or playing a four-guard lineup in this playoff series.
To me, I can’t exactly answer yes or no to this question. My feeling is that this season will either be a springboard to a couple stronger seasons down the road with the Beal and Westbrook backcourt, or another underwhelming season that leads the Wizards to the inevitable rebuild that the front office has been staving off since Wall’s injuries issues started piling up a couple years ago.
Do you feel this season is a success, a failure, or are on the fence, like me? Sound off in the comments below.