The Wizards are on pace to win just 14 games, which would guarantee the worst winning percentage in franchise history. They need to win 16 games to avoid matching or setting a new mark for futility.
In 2008-09, they were 7-26 after 33 games — and actually dropped to 7-31 — before finishing with 19 wins in an 82-game season, tying the franchise low. When the Wizards went 19-63 in 2000-01, they also started out 7-26, and eventually went 7-34. The worst team in franchise history, the 1961-62 Chicago Packers, started out 8-25 after 33 games, but finished 18-62 with a .225 winning percentage.
The current Wizards have a .212 winning percentage.
After winning two of their first 17 games, they have gone 5-11 under Coach Randy Wittman. But they also have played a much more favorable schedule over that stretch, racking up two victories against Charlotte in Wittman’s first three games after taking over. They have lost their past four by a combined 56 points, with three decided by 14 or more.
The Wizards aren’t just losing; they are losing big. They have 12 losses by 15 or more points, including five drubbings by 20 or more. They have lost just nine games by 10 or fewer points. And, their point differential is minus-8.9, which ranks second-worst, ahead of only Charlotte.
The beatdowns haven’t all been under former coach Flip Saunders. Nine of Wittman’s 11 losses as coach have been by double digits, including two by at least 24.
The second half of the season will feature 17 games against teams with losing records, including two games apiece against Charlotte, New Jersey and Detroit. They also have Boston, which already has won three games against the Wizards this season, and New York, which is 2-0 against them and has gone 8-3 with Jeremy Lin starting at point guard.
Nine of their 16 games against teams with winning records will at home, with Orlando (twice), the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland, Indiana (twice), Atlanta, Philadelphia and Miami all coming to Verizon Center.
Seventeen of their final 33 games will be on the road, and they will have two trips of three games or more. They will play six consecutive games on the road beginning March 12. They will play San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Memphis in five games in seven nights, then play in New Jersey three days later.
The Wizards also will twice play on three consecutive nights — and five times in six nights. Their first trio will be from March 24-26: at home against Atlanta, on the road in Boston and at home against Detroit. From April 4-6, they play Indiana at home, then at Detroit and at New Jersey. They will open the month of April with seven games in 10 days.