SILVER SPRING, Md.– The Wizards have officially finished their 2017-18 NBA campaign after getting eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. What went well and what didn’t for the Washington Wizards?
Last season the Wizards comfortably finished in the no. 4 seed. This season they finished in the no. 8 seed, just barely clinching a playoff berth.
While it is unfair to say that the Wizards’ season was terrible, it is clear that there have been more negatives than positives this season compared to their last.
From John Wall’s injury struggles to a lack of team chemistry, what affected the Wizard’s season the most?
An obvious problem was fitness struggles. Wizard’s starting point guard John Wall was injured mid-season before the All-Star game. Many believed that this injury would have a major downfall on the Wizards, since Wall is widely considered as the best player on the team.
However, during Wall’s absence, the Wizards surprisingly were winning games and, in general, playing better basketball.
While everyone understands that Wall is an elite player and considered one of the best point guards in the league, both the fans and players wondered whether or not he affects the Wizard’s chemistry as a team.
During the season following their victory over the Toronto Raptors, the no. 1 seed in the East, the Wizards’ center Marcin Gortat tweeted “Unbelievable win tonight! Great ‘team’ victory!”
The public exploded in assumptions that Gortat was emphasizing the team success in the absence of Wall by putting “team” in quotations.
The Wizards only won six games less than last season, but that made a 4-seed difference. The Wizards must look to recruit new players during the off-season and make smart draft picks in order to ensure more player variety for serious playoff contention.