The Washington Wizards are currently 1-5, and it’s not just the players. A lot of blame can be placed on coaching as well. But a league source Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that head coach Scott Brooks is not on the hot seat. Not yet, anyway.
Brooks, 53, is currently in his third year of a five-year, $35-million contract the Wizards gave him in 2016. Since signing that contract, he has led Washington to a 93-77 regular-season record. Plus, they have made the playoffs twice during his first two seasons in charge. But they’re just not playing good basketball right now.
Then another loss Sunday night — 136-104 to Los Angeles Clippers — prompted many to wonder if Brooks is on a short leash. Right now, the Wizards are near the bottom of the barrel in every major statistical category. Mostly, though, they’re failing to stop teams from scoring. So far, they’ve given up 114.5 points per 100 possessions. That’s not the worst mark in the NBA, but it’s close. Right now, it puts them 26th in the league.
Defensive help is on the way, though, as Dwight Howard looks to make his Wizards debut this week. Until now, a lingering buttocks injury suffered in the preseason has kept him out. Washington is hoping the 33-year-old can make a difference on the defensive end — where in his prime, he became one of the most feared players in the league.
Up next, Washington takes on the Grizzlies Tuesday night. Can Brooks start getting his players to perform better?