Hopes were up in Washington heading into the 2020-2021 NBA season after the Wizards acquired former league MVP and future Hall of Famer Russell Westbrook via trade from Houston for John Wall.
DC fans were all in with their newest duo of Westbrook and Bradley Beal leading the way.
However, it seems that things haven’t really changed since last season despite the change in floor general.
We’re two weeks into the brand-new season and Washington is sitting at the bottom of the standings out in the East with a 0-4 record under their belt, which makes them undisputed worst team in the league as of the moment.
In their season opener, the Wizards suffered a 107-113 loss at the hands of the Sixers.
That game saw Westbrook put up a triple-double performance in his debut game for Washington. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists while Beal put up a great scoring performance with 31 points.
In their second game against Orlando, Washington once again failed to execute and lost their second game of the season 120-130. The duo star showed up once again as Beal finished with 39 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Westbrook put up another triple-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists.
However, the bench of the Wizards failed to match-up the energy of the bench of the Magic as Terrence Ross put up 25 points off the bench.
In their second consecutive meeting, Orlando once again toppled Washington in a tighter game, 120-113.
Without Westbrook, Beal still finished with 29 points, five rebounds and seven assists and it was Raul Neto who stepped up and finished with 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Finally, in their most recent game, the Wizards lost to Chicago, 107-115.
Westbrook made his return to the line-up and had another triple-double with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists but had six turnovers. Beal had 29 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals but also had five turnovers. Davis Bertans made his presence felt by dropping 20 points off the bench.
These losses may be attributed about the fact that it’s just the start of the season. The intensity hasn’t really picked up in Washington yet, and some fans may believe that more wins will come down the line.
I don’t think that is the case.
Individually, the two stars have been having a great start.
Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 19.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 12.7 assists along with a steal per game. Beal is showing off how deadly his scoring ability is by averaging 32.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
However, other than those two, no one has been consistently productive. Role players like Bertans, Thomas Bryant, Raul Neto and rookie Deni Avdija haven’t been playing well enough to complement the firepower from Westbrook and Beal.
To make things worse, Rui Hachimura is yet to play this season as he is still recovering from bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis.
Washington felt like they would be on the hunt for a playoff spot this season after missing them last season.
However, if they want to make it, they need to do something quick to get on the winning track as soon as possible.
Do you think the Wizards will finally get on the winning track in their next game? Do you think they’ll make the playoffs? Sound off in the comment section.