Most disappointing team in the NBA this season? The Houston Rockets are up there – from Western Conference Finals to trying to get into the playoffs – and so are the Milwaukee Bucks, who went from the playoffs to 33 wins and the lottery.
But my vote goes to the Washington Wizards, who also went from the Eastern Conference semifinals to the lottery, but their downfall stings more: They went from likely favorites to land Kevin Durant this summer to longshots.
And how are things with the Wizards during the final week of the season? Let’s check in with Peter Vecsey:
It’s been a tumultuous year for Wall, who shot slightly worse from the field, saw his turnovers slightly tick up, dumped his agent and left Adidas. After six seasons in the league, Wall only has two playoff trips – the last two years – but this season’s debacle feels like a regression.
[UPDATE: Wall said today at practice he didn’t cuss his teammates out.]
Now, instead of heading into an offseason with an eye on Durant, the Wizards will probably dump their coach and hope young wing players Otto Porter (11.7 ppg) and Kelly Oubre (10.4 minutes per game) make a considerable leap. Because is Bradley Beal going to stick around much longer if the team doesn’t improve?