- Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is reportedly “firmly on the hot seat”.
- The Wizards are off to a 2-8 start in the 2020-21 NBA season.
- Last month, Brooks was the odds on favorite to become the first NBA head coach to get fired this season at +200.
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is reportedly “sitting firmly on the hot seat”.
Brooks is in the final year of the five-year contract which he signed in 2016. The 55-year old former NBA player got off to a great start in Washington as he led the Wizards to a 49-33 record and a first-round playoff series win during the 2016-17 season. However, the Wizards have seen their winning percentage decrease ever since.
So far, the Wizards are off to a 2-8 start this year, the worst record in the league thus far, and according to a report from The Athletic, Brooks “looks lost trying to find effective lineups” this season. Washington is second to last in the current BetOnline oddsboard to win the Southeast Division at +1200, behind only the Charlotte Hornets who are at +2200 at the same sportsbook. Washington only has the 10th best odds to win the Eastern Conference at a longshot +7500 and according to Bovada, they are a -130 to make the playoffs.
Betting Favorite to Get Fired First
Scott Brooks is the favorite to be the first NBA head coach fired this season#RepTheDistrict
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) December 19, 2020
Last month, Brooks was the odds on favorite to be the first coach to be fired in the current NBA season at +200. Detroit’s Dwane Casey was second in the odds board at +300 while the Sacramento Kings’ Luke Walton came in third at +500, and Charlotte’s James Borrego was 4th at +800.
But despite ending the calendar year 2020 with a winless 0-4 record, Brooks stayed put in his current job and the Wizards started 2021 with a 2-1 record. However, with stars Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook missing games due to COVID protocols and injury, respectively, the Wizards head to Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns having lost their last three games.
Westbrook has not played in back to back games this season as Washington is slowly breaking him back after coming off injury. But not only is he dealing with a dislocated finger, the 2017 NBA MVP has a left quadriceps injury and is expected to miss at least one week. With Westbrook out, more load will land on the shoulders of current NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal who is already taking 24.8 shots per game in 36 minutes of playing time.
Bryant ACL Injury and Other Player Woes
Thomas Bryant has a torn ACL, per @wojespn pic.twitter.com/gCVTyvLVKy
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2021
Compounding Brooks’ woes is the season ending injury suffered by starting center Thomas Bryant. The 23-year old former Indiana Hoosier tore his left ACL during their last loss against the Miami Heat and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Bryant was having his best year ever at 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season while starting all of Washington’s first 10 games.
Washington also extended Davis Bertans last summer to the tune of $80M over five years. The 28-year old sharpshooter is coming off a year where he set career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. However, he is shooting just 34.8% from the field and 32.5% from deep after 10 games played.
Meanwhile, mid-level free agent signee Robin Lopez is averaging 6.0 point and 3.5 rebounds per game this season and has seen just 15.6 minutes of playing time this campaign. Rookie lottery pick Deni Avdija is averaging 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game but has not lived up to the pre-draft hype.