NBA Power Rankings: Wizards Are 28th Best Team In The NBA

SB Nation just came out with their latest NBA Power Rankings, and the Wizards come in at 28th overall, the third worst team in the league.

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NBA Power Rankings: Wizards Still The Third Worst Team In The League

SB Nation just came out with the latest edition of its NBA Power Rankings, and the Wizards are still placed among the league's worst teams. Not only do they rank the Wizards 28th out of 30 teams, but it also questions whether or not head coach Flip Saunders' job is safe. Talk about adding insult to injury.

This season has to be testing franchise owner Ted Leonsis' patience. Most teams would can Flip Saunders after two seasons like this. Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld seem more patient than most teams. But it's hard to consider the captain of such a wayward ship safe.

I understand the point they are trying to make, but I think that Grunfeld and the ownership understand that there isn't a coach out there who could have made a winner out of this team. The roster they have assembled isn't prepared to win now, and I don't think Saunders can be blamed for their struggles. Sticking with him shows their loyalty, and their refusal to make a move just for the sake of making it. That's the kind of approach I like to see from my decision-makers.

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NBA Power Rankings: Wizards Are The 28th Best Team In The League

I chose to use that phrasing in the headline because it sounds better, albeit marginally, than saying that they are the third worst team in the NBA. SB Nation just came out with their latest edition of the NBA Power Rankings, and the Wizards have moved up a little bit, but still find themselves in a pretty disappointing position. And, in an effort to kick Wizards fans while their down I'm assuming, they caution not to get too excited about Jordan Crawford even though he has been putting up a lot of points lately.

Don't get too excited about Jordan Crawford's play of late. Sure, he's scoring quite a bit (14 per game over the last 10). But his shooting has been rather awful. His True Shooting percentage as a Wizard: .466.

So you can go ahead and ignore that thing that could have been interpreted as a silver lining in the second half of the season. Can the Draft just get here already?

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NBA Power Rankings: Wizards Now The Second Worst Team In The League

I think we all know that the Wizards are not about competing in the immediate future. They are trying to compete in the (hopefully not-too) distant future, and this year is mostly about developing the young talent that will hopefully allow them to achieve that goal. So it's no surprise that the fellas at SB Nation don't have them ranked very highly in their latest edition of the NBA Power Rankings.

It has the Wizards as the 29th best team in the league which for some reason sounds a lot better to me than second worst. Here is what they have to say about them.

How many players away from being good -- around .500, a solid playoff bet -- are the Wizards? In John Wall and JaVale McGee, the two most vital positions are solid. (Point guard is soon to be a major plus; center is a minor plus right now, and perhaps better soon.) Can Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche be minor plusses too? Is that enough?

Hm, they must not have seen McGee's behind the back debacle last night. I'm not confident that he can be as big of a core as they think he can. As for their other questions about Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche, the answers are no and no. They have some good pieces, but they'll probably have to get a bunch of new players before they can be truly competitive.

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NBA Power Rankings: First Road Win Doesn't Earn The Wizards More Respect

The Wizards finally broke through and won their first game on the road this season. That is a minor accomplishment for most teams, but it feels like so much more for this Wizards team because it took much longer than it should have. It seems like that should mean more than it does, and maybe that's why I was surprised to see that the Wizards hadn't risen at all in the SB Nation Power Rankings. They still sit at 28th, the same spot as last week.

The Wizards can finish the season strong. I don't believe that because I believe in the talent not named John Wall on this team. The Wizards are just better than they've performed all season, and I sense a bit of momentum stirring.

I agree. There is no reason why it should have taken the Wizards this long to win a game on the road. It may have been their youth holding them back, but now that they have one under their belt, it may give them the confidence to get a few more by the end of the season.

But that confidence can help them at home too. The Wizards are a young team, and I think they will get better every day. John Wall is improving. Nick Young is finding his role. I would be surprised if they were the third worst team by the end of the season.

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NBA Power Rankings: The Wizards Are The Third Worst Team In The League

The Wizards haven't had the best season in the NBA, but surely there are a handful of teams in the NBA that are worse than them, right? That's what I thought, until I looked at SB Nation's newest Power Rankings, which have the Wizards as the 28th team overall, or the third worst. Here is what they have to say.

The Wizards' home games this week against the Bucks and Spurs are mere distractions from the glory that should be the Streak Bowl, where Washington's 0-25 road record visits Cleveland to face a Cavaliers team that by that point may have lost 27 straight games. Only the Pistons and Clippers can mess it up now.

I'm looking forward to that game too, I think it should be a pretty good one; relatively speaking. But about the ranking...

It's a little bit lower than I expected, but the more I think about it, I can understand their justification. The Wizards are the only team that hasn't won a game on the road this season, and that is a pretty big knock against them. Good teams win on the road, and the fact that the Wizards haven't won any means that they aren't that good. The occasional win at home is nice, but it doesn't mean that they are a good team.

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