The Wizards have had another disappointing week when it comes to their on-court production as they lost to the Pacers and a struggling Celtics team with a win against the rebuilding Nets. The Wizards currently stand at 25-37 and place 11th in the East.
There were many storylines throughout the week such as Troy Brown running the point guard position while John Wall is sidelined for the next year with a torn Achilles. The 2018 first rounder has the size of a small forward but played point guard for most of his life because of his ball handling and court vision.
Both head coach Scott Brooks and GM Ernie Grunfeld believe that he can be successful running point for the Wizards while Wall is out. Beyond Wall, the Wizards don’t have any point guards under contract next season.
Tomas Saturansky’s contract is up but the Wizards are optimistic that he’ll re-sign with the team. Sato has also expressed some willingness to stay in D.C. but wants to return to Spain before the end of his career.
Many thought Brown would receive more playing time after Wall injured himself until at least February 2020. Brown has only played in 14 of the 25 games since Wall’s original surgery. Part of the reason is Brown’s left ankle injury he sustained before the all-star break.
Brown has split time between the Go-Go and the Wizards this season. Oftentimes playing for the Go-Go, the G-League affiliate one day then playing for the Wizards the next day. Brown may have to develop the skills to play the point guard position at a high level with the Go-Go as they currently lack a natural point guard.
Brown needs to add an outside shot to become an effective point guard at the NBA level. He only shot 29.1 percent from deep during his college years. Brown’s college highlights include many assists but many of those go-to passes won’t work in the NBA because the players are faster, smarter and stronger.
Turnovers have long been a problem for Brown in the NBA as once his pass is intercepted by an opposing player, he’s taken out of the game. If the Wizards continue to drift further back in the standings there could be a chance for Brown to run the point in a live NBA game.