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February mailbag: Your Wizards and Mystics questions answered

Thank you for your questions.

Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Here are the questions for the mailbag. Our next one will be within a couple weeks since March is right around the corner!

How do the Wizards fix the point guard problem next season? (GreatWallofWizards)

I don’t see the Wizards signing a star point guard in his prime entering free agency. Their best bet from a talent perspective is to sign an older veteran at a mid-level salary. It wouldn’t shock me to see Russell Westbrook return, especially if Washington makes a deeper-than-anticipated run in the postseason.

If Ted Leonsis owned the Boston Celtics and the Celtics achieved exactly the same as the Wizards under Leonsis, would the Boston fan base accept his record as owner? And why do some Wizards fans accept mediocrity? (jmpalomo)

No. I also think the Celtics fanbase would be a bit more patient with a rebuild as well.

To your second question, I think some Wizards fans are accepting mediocrity, or in their words, take the positive road when the team is showing any signs of success. And in general, don’t we want to see the Wizards win?

Here is a question on Twitter:

The Mystics gave then-General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault near “carte-blanche” to run the team as he saw fit. But he also came to Washington as one of the best WNBA head coaches. The Wizards haven’t been run by a General Manager with the same type of pedigree Thibault had entering the Mystics. I think that is where the big difference lies with the results of both teams over the last 10 years.

What would you grade the moves Mike Thibault has made for the Mystics? (Nathan Snell)

I give Washington a B. The Mystics were in the running for Breanna Stewart but ultimately lost out. Getting Brittney Sykes is not a bad thing at all, but she doesn’t move the needle getting this team from being a dark horse for the championship to being a top-tier contender.

The only way the Mystics have a true shot to become a top-tier contender is if they possibly get Emma Meesseman or another European player after EuroBasket. The Mystics’ chances of winning big also increase if there are significant injuries on other teams like the Las Vegas Aces and New York Liberty.

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