As we did with the Nationals’ 100-loss season, we’re counting down to the momentous occasion when the Wizards become historically bad.
From the beginning, we knew this year’s Wiz would be awful. They’ve been tracking towards a franchise-worst record, and we’ve been pining for the top overall pick (love you, Blake Griffin!) since November, but those things don’t convey just how bad this team is quite like the following from Wizards beat writer Ivan Carter:
Following last night’s 98-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in front of a sparse crowd at Verizon Center, it’s entirely possible that the Wizards (14-46) may become the first team in NBA history to go winless in its own division.
BAM! That’ll do it. Winless in their division = epic fail of historic proportions.
The Wiz are 0-13 against the Magic, Hawks, Heat and Bobcats (yeah, the Bobcats) and have three more chances against Southeast foes, all at home: Orlando on 3/13, Charlotte on 3/25 and Miami on 4/4. The good news is that they’re slightly better at home (10-22) than on the road (4-24; yeah, 4-24).
The other good news is that Dominic McGuire continues to play well. He had nine assists against Atlanta and is averaging 8.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 blocks in seven games since the All-Star break. Not bad for a second-rounder.