Washington made a blockbuster move heading into the 2020-21 NBA season by sending John Wall to Houston acquire Russell Westbrook.
It was a straight swap for two max contract players, which is why fans and critics have a lot of expectations for this Wizards squad since they’d have a former MVP paired up with one of the league’s best scorers in Bradley Beal.
However, reality is way different than those expectations as Washington have struggled badly while opening the season with a 3-11 record.
They are the worst team in the East, and they’re barely ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves as the worst team in the entire NBA.
The question now is, should they keep on trying to make a push and be a playoff team on the East? Or should they reset and let go of their core pieces?
Now, I know it’s only the first month of the season but let’s break down how they’re doing. As I’ve said they are the worst team in the league with 3-11 record. They’re fourth in the league in points per game with 116.5 per game but they’re also the third worst defensive team with a rating of 114.6.
As a team they have five players averaging double-figures (Beal, Westbrook, Davis Bertans, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura) but only two players are averaging more than 15 points (Beal and Westbrook).
The duo isn’t doing good either as they can’t seem to click. Westbrook has only played nine games this season and is putting up his worst scoring stat line since his sophomore year, putting up 18.1 points in 37.4% shooting, though he’s still grabbing 9.7 rebounds and dishing out 10.2 assists.
Beal has been the only silver lining for them this season as he’s been putting up MVP numbers. Averaging 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds. 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals in 48.1% shooting at the field and 36.6% from the three-point line.
He has also had multiple big games this season, including a career-high 60-point explosion against Philadelphia.
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He also had as a 41-point performance against Boston.
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In their recent game against New Orleans, the Florida University product dropped 47 points with four rebounds, six assists and four steals.
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Unfortunately, all three games had the same outcome, a loss that wasted Beal’s high output.
There is no doubt that Beal is the best player on the team and playing without any help will definitely take a toll on any player.
Obviously, the Westbrook experiment is a big failure, even this early on, and may be why it’s time for Washington to move on.
Trading Beal and Westbrook will be the best start for the Wizards since the duo are only putting up numbers but not giving the organization any wins.
It’s not their fault, as the incapability of the Washington front office to bring in more talent must shoulder a great deal of the blame.
At this point, keeping those two are just a waste of time, money and potential of better teams they could build after letting those two leave.
Trading Beal for someone like Tyler Herro or maybe a Jarren Jackson Jr or if possible, or a Zion Williamson (though he’d clearly be hard to get from the Pelicans) would obviously jumpstart their rebuild, then if they could acquire another talented high potential young guy for Westbrook, then they’ll have their future core players without wasting too much money and without wasting the greatness of these two. Beal especially deserves a chance to avoid wasting his prime on a perennial loser.
It’s time for Washington to do the rebuild or else they’ll start it without getting anyone back in the future.
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