NBA GMs believe Wizards had an offseason among the top five originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The 2021 NBA offseason saw the Wizards completely overhaul their roster, gaining depth, shooting and defense in a massive trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Lakers.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Aaron Holiday and rookie Corey Kispert are now set to make their Wizards debuts once the season begins later this month. Tommy Sheppard’s series of trades have made the Wizards a better team and the league’s GMs seem to think so too.
In the league’s annual GM poll, the Wizards were one of the top voters for teams with the best offseason moves.
- Miami Heat – 47%
- Los Angeles Lakers – 17%
- Brooklyn fillets – 7%
- Houston Rockets – 7%
- Wizards of Washington – 7%
Miami was the clear winner here after acquiring Kyle Lowry in a trade with the Raptors. Along with Lowry, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat are built to compete in the East right now, which certainly helps them win this particular category.
In other areas of the investigation, the Wizards appeared in two other categories. They were among the teams that received votes for which club would be the most improved compared to last season. The Bulls won this category with 27% of the vote.
The other topic, and perhaps more controversial, was Bradley Beal’s place in the survey’s top shooting guards list.
- James Harden, Brooklyn – 63%
- Devin Booker, Phoenix – 17%
- Luka Doncic, Dallas – 10%
Beal was not in the top three, as Harden, Booker and Doncic garnered the bulk of the votes. The Wizards star was also among those who also received votes along with Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.
Perhaps if the positions were clearly defined, Beal would have done better in this investigation. Doncic as a shooting guard? When has he ever done something on the pitch that feels like an attacking role off the ball? Doncic also got votes in the leader poll, which should tell you how loose the positional rules are in this matter.
Well, Harden won by a landslide anyway.
The Wizards will have the chance to see all of their offseason additions to the field together Tuesday night as they kick off their preseason schedule against the Rockets.