It may only be preseason, but the Wizards left me wanting more after tonight's 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
They weren't awful...the entire game. As a team, they showed signs of improvement over last season's joke of a team. Honestly, they just need a little more time to gel and get better.
On offense, it seemed to me as though they were confused and organized when it came to actually running an offense. That's fine, at times, especially when you have a player as electric as John Wall that can create with ease. Unfortunately, tonight and for the next eight weeks they will not have John Wall.
They don't have a player that can create like Wall can. Jordan Crawford, Bradley Beal, Shelvin Mack, AJ Price, and Jannero Pargo all tried their hand at running the offense and all five had troubles. Beal and Mack had the most success, but even their success isn't going to be good enough in this league.
Crawford, Price, and Pargo all looked lost at some during this game. Crawford was too inconsistent to have a positive impact on the game. He would show signs of brilliance, such as a beautiful spin move and hitting the open jumper, and then he would make you scratch your head in confusion after a play he attempted.
The front court of Emeka Okafor, Shavlik Rudolph, Trevor Ariza, and Jan Vesely were solid. That position is definitely improving from last season. Okafor had a very productive game for the Wizards. In 28 minutes, he had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The top scorer for the Wizards was Martell Webster. Webster had 18 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Webster's performance was certainly a surprise.
All in all, the teams biggest issue to start the season will be at the point guard position (DUH!). It doesn't appear that they have a bonafide guard to run point. They have a good supporting cast, but nobody consistent enough to run such a crucial position.
The Wizards are certainly improving. They know that they are still in the rebuilding process, but they are handling that process well. There is talent there. Now, they need to find a way to bring that talent out and make it more consistent.
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