Duke basketball

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Should the Wizards Tank?

November 7, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

Before you get angry, calm down, it's just a question. A question that the Wizards should seriously consider.

The team fell to 2-8 after falling to the woeful Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night, 100-119.

In the same night, No. 4 Duke Basketball put on an absolute clinic against the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats, making highlight-reel play after highlight-reel play in a 118-94 routing.

The three freshmen standouts on the Blue Devils, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, and Zion Williamson, all lived up to the hype.

Barrett scored 33 points with 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Williamson dropped 28 with 7 rebounds. Reddish had a smooth 22 points to go with 3 assists.

The Wizards are in second-to-last place in the entire Eastern Conference, only ahead of the 1-9 Cleveland Cavaliers, who don't have an All-Star on their current active roster.

The team did start 2-8 two years ago and ended up winning 49 games, but the flaws on this current team seem much harder to overcome. There is a lack of leadership, chemistry, defense, and overall fire.

And we haven't even started to talk about the lineups...

Let's just say the team did turn it around and snuck into the playoffs as a 5-8 seed in the Eastern Conference. The top of the East looks as strong as it's been in years; the Raptors look lethal, the Celtics are there, the Bucks have elevated, and the Pacers look legit.

So, if the Wizards do miraculously turn it around, they'd likely see a first round exist. 

Ten games might be too small of a sample size to throw the white flag on the season, but if this team keeps it up, they may have no choice.

Follow @WPGC on Twitter