The Washington Wizards will play later tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their playoff series. And while they may win another game, it’s still unlikely that they will win the series. And even if the Wizards somehow win this playoff series, I still don’t expect them to win contend for a championship this season.
And that’s the point that Kevin B. Blackistone wrote in The Washington Post last Monday. In his article, he openly asked whether the Game 4 win was worth it, long term or short term?
And he viewed the 76ers as a team that was built with a plan in mind via “The Process,” even if it was controversial. While Blackistone didn’t explicitly advocate that the Wizards tank this season, he was close.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are still clinging onto hope that they can somehow make things work with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook, both of whom are on mega contracts for up to the next two seasons.
When the Wizards’ offseason begins, I think Blackistone’s point is exactly what many fans will ask. It’s been the main question for the last several seasons now.
What is the plan for the Wizards to go from a middle-of-the-road team on the “Treadmill of Mediocrity” to contender, whether in the short or long term? Can it be possible without trading Beal for a lion’s share of draft picks? And is this current front office staff the right group for that plan, whatever it may be? Let us know in the comments below.