Wizards Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10
Below is a graph of where the Wizards have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Wizards this week:
Wizards ranked 16th - "Bradley Beal had scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games -- the longest such streak of his career -- until the Wizards ran into the Giannis Antetokounmpo buzzsaw last Friday night at Milwaukee. Playing at a faster tempo has undeniably helped the Wiz; they're in the top half of the league in pace now, at No. 14, as part of a 10-7 response to their dreadful 3-9 start. Yet Washington just lost big man Ian Mahinmi for another six weeks thanks to ongoing knee trouble. Since signing a $64 million deal in the summer, Mahinmi has only managed to play in one game."
Wizards ranked 14th - "The Wizards are one trade away from being a playoff lock. It's not even a superstar trade. Just a good trade that resolves some of their chemistry and gives them a little boost. They are really close to being a really good team, but are currently a comfortable distance from even "good." It's not that they don't work, it's that they don't work well enough."
Wizards ranked 14th - "The Wizards successfully saved their season in December, with a 7–5 mark hoisting them out of the basement. John Wall’s averaging 24.6 points, 10.1 assists and 2.7 steals and helping elevate a roster with next to no bench help."
Wizards ranked 18th - "The Wizards still rank as a top-10 offense in December and got an important road win with a big fourth quarter (and some big buckets from 'Lil Buckets) in Chicago on Wednesday. But they still have the worst road record among the top 13 teams in the East, their defense continues to suffer when they go to their bench, and they missed a chance to move into playoff position when they got thumped in Milwaukee on Friday. They have won five straight games at home, where they'll play eight of their next 12 games, including two really important ones this week."
Wizards ranked 16th - "Bradley Beal had an eight-game streak scoring 20+ points (before Friday against the Bucks), John Wall has been putting up numbers, but then the offense has not been what is holding the Wizards back. It’s the defense, particularly when they need to go to the bench. That’s not helped by Ian Mahinmi being out for another six weeks."