This season clearly didn’t go as planned for the Washington Wizards. After a 10-3 start.. well we know what happened. There’s no need to talk about that now. But in the midst of a very frustrating 2021-2022 season, there were still a few positives that occurred. It’s easy to look at what didn’t go right. But in the process, we forget about what went well.
Rui Hachimura’s Three Point Shot
Hachimura was not known as a three point shooter when he entered the NBA. But the way he shot the three ball this year made you forget all about that. Hachimura shot 44.7 percent from three this year. A significant jump from his first two seasons, where he shot 31.3 percent from 2019-2021.
Corey Kispert’s Second Half of the season
It took Kispert a little bit of time to adjust to the NBA. In October and November, Kispert struggled to find his touch from beyond the arc and averaged less than 5 points a game. But from December and beyond, Kispert become a steady contributor for Washington. In the final 3 months of the season, Kispert had a double digit scoring average. After struggling from beyond the arc early in the season, Kispert finished the season shooting a respectable 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Cherry Blossom Jerseys
Although the Wizards didn’t wear them during the season, the jersey reveal in March had fans excited to see them next year. I think these jerseys are awesome!
Deni Avdija’s Production
Avdija’s points, rebounds, and assists per game are all up from his rookie season. His efficiency could be a little better. But keep in mind that he hasn’t had a traditional offseason. When Avdija was drafted in 2020, there wasn’t a summer league because of the condense schedule due to the pandemic. There was also a shortened 2020 training camp. Last season the Wizards played into early June, which shortened the offseason. Avdija spent the majority of that time rehabilitating an ankle injury.
Being able to increase your production without much time to train and prepare is a positive thing.
Kuzma reminded us of how talented of a player he is. Averaging 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. During his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kuzma received a plenty of criticism from fans. That affected the perception around him as a player, and that perception initially followed him to DC. But after the season he had with the Wizards, that perception is forgotten about.
Wizards vs Lakers. March 19 2022
LeBron James passed Karl Malone to become the second leading scorer in NBA history. Although it was LeBron’s night, it was the Wizards who ultimately won the game. This was a highly entertaining game. One of the best games of the season for the Wizards.
Wizards vs Celtics. October 30 2021
This game makes the list because the Wizards win in double overtime on my birthday!
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