In the past three seasons, the Wizards have drafted three top-six players (John Wall, Jan Vesely and Bradley Beal) as part of their rebuilding process. You would think that means they now have players to build around. Stan Van Gundy would not agree.
The former NBA coach and current NBA analyst was on ESPN 980’s The Sports Reporters last week, and was asked if the Wizards have the talent in place to improve.
“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around. I don’t know WHO you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.”
So how do you get out of this hell, he was asked.
“You know, I don’t know,” Van Gundy admitted. “I don’t know if it’s a trade, a free-agent thing, but I do know this: you build a team around certain people, and then you find complementary parts. There’s been no one to even build around there. There’s certainly nobody on that roster now you can build around.
“I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.”
That is not a cheery assessment.
Meanwhile, in other non-cheery news, Comcast SportsNet asked fans to submit New Year’s Resolutions for the Wizards during Tuesday night’s broadcast. The D.C. Sports Nexus collected some of the responses. They included “become better at basketball,” “Trade everybody,” “Take Maryland’s spot in the ACC,” “Move to another city” and “Shut down the franchise.”
So, uh, Happy New Year’s, Wizards fans.
(New Year’s Eve image via @RealDealBeal23.)