Introducing Wizards 2.0

By: Sammy Schuchman

Following a disappointing elimination in the first round of the playoffs where the Washington Wizards were thoroughly demolished by Philadelphia 76ers, the Wiz look to turn things around for the 2021-22 season. It starts at the top, where following the end of the season longtime coach Scott Brooks and his entire regime were replaced with up-and-coming former Denver assistant Wes Unseld Jr.. Unseld Jr., son of legendary Wizard Wes Unseld, looks to lead a culture change starting with his defensive prowess, bringing with him a completely new staff with the intents of re-energizing a young roster. The biggest development for the DC franchise over the summer was the blockbuster trade that sent superstar point guard Russel Westbrook for the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrel, and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope as well as in part of the Pacer’s involvement in the trade Aaron Holiday and a second round draft pick that developed into G-League prospect Isaiah Todd.

While the departure of Westbrook left a colossal vacuum within the franchise, the Wizards made strides to begin to fill it with the signing of free agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie, an 8th year pro from the Brooklyn Nets, looks to embrace his role as the co-anchor of the team, a contrast from the off-the-bench role that he played behind the super team that was the KD, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving trifecta in Brooklyn.

Dinwiddie’s partner in crime, runner-up to the scoring title and face of the franchise Bradley Beal, hopes for another dominant season amidst his last year under contract for the Wizards. Because of this, the season already has an air of desperation about it as Beal’s frustration with the team’s losing culture has been a topic that has been picked up on around the league.

First round draft pick Corey Kispert will be a piece that attempts to change that culture. A three year player out of Gonzaga, Kispert cemented himself as arguably the most elite shooter in the draft.

As we embark on a new season, Wizards fans have a lot to be hopeful in a completely new change from the Scott Brooks monotony that was the last five years headlined by a revamped roster. At the same time, the desperation being felt for tangible results has reached an all time high, and another disappointing season could be the last straw for a dejected fan base.