Washington lost 10 straight games. The bigger problem is that there is no proper solution.
The Washington Wizards lost 117-119 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular league away game against the Los Angeles Lakers held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California on the 19th (Korean time). Bradley Beal scored 29 points and 3 assists, and Kyle Kuzma, who met his former team, recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds, but lost. Washington fell into a 10-game losing streak. The ranking also fell to 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Of the 10 consecutive losses Washington has suffered, only four have lost by double digits or more. Six matches were lost by single-digit points. It can be said that concentration in the clutch situation is unfortunate, and it is also said that there is no solver to score in the clutch.
Washington’s ace is, no matter what, Bill. Beal, who became a free agent in the offseason, signed a five-year, $251 million contract with Washington and stayed in Washington. Bill is averaging 23.2 points, 5.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds in the 2022-2023 season. It is the same average score as the 2021-2022 season, but the field goal success rate (45% →> 52%) has improved significantly.
However, Washington did not expect the current performance and gave Bill a large amount of money. From the 2019-2020 season, Bill has become the league’s top scorer by averaging more than 30 points for two consecutive seasons, but his scoring power has declined significantly since last season. This is a painful moment for Washington, where Bill’s offensive power is absolute.
Another key player in Washington, Kristaps Porzingis, is very good. Porzingis is averaging 22.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in the 2022-2023 season. Above all, he is maintaining his health by participating in 29 out of 31 games. Porzingis, who moved the team to Washington through a trade for Spencer Dinwiddie during the trade deadline last season, became a good acquisition.
Perennial prospect Kuzma is also performing at his best this season. Kuzma is averaging 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds and has the stats of an All-Star big man. There are already rumors that many teams want Kuzma. Kuzma becomes a free agent after the season.스포츠토토
The problem is the prospects. Washington, which did not make the playoffs except for the 2020-2021 season, was able to exercise a high-ranking draft pick, but the results are not good. Rui Hachimura, 9th in 2019, Danny Abdiya, 9th in 2020, and Johnny Davis, 10th in 2022, are all disappointing. Only Corey Kispert, ranked 15th in 2021, is doing his part with an average of 9.5 points and a 3-point success rate of 41%. The growth of promising players who should help the main players is slow.
There are no deserved injuries in the performance of the main players. But grades plummeted. Paradoxically, this is why Washington’s losing streak doesn’t seem easy. Washington will leave the Phoenix Suns expedition on the 21st and try again to escape from losing streak.