The Washington Wizards were in the market for a new head coach following the franchise’s decision to move on from Scott Brooks. Wes Unseld Jr. has emerged as the candidate to take over after a rigorous recruiting process.
OFFICIAL: We've named Wes Unseld Jr. the 25th head coach in franchise history.— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 17, 2021
Welcome home, Coach! #DCAboveAll
After the 2020-21 NBA season, Brooks’ five-year tenure with the Wizards came to an end. The decision was made not because it didn’t work out, but because it was time to move on, according to Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard.
The Washington Wizards have qualified for the playoffs three times in the last five years under Brooks’ leadership. In the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, he only managed to win one series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Unseld has enough offensive firepower on the squad with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook to lead the team to a fantastic season in 2021-22. He does, however, need to address some difficulties.
Unseld Jr. is the 25th head coach in the franchise’s history, and he is the son of Wes Unseld, the greatest player in Washington Wizards history. Unseld Jr. will be in charge of leading the Washington Wizards to a lengthy playoff run in the NBA. The Wizards last appeared in the NBA Finals in 1979.
While congrats are due, Unseld Jr. has his work cut out for him in the upcoming NBA season of 2021-22. On that topic, here are three reasons why he is the best candidate for the head coaching job with the Washington Wizards.
#1 Wes Unseld Jr. will help improve the Washington Wizards’ defense
Since joining the Denver Nuggets in 2015, Wes Unseld Jr. has been in charge of the defense and has had a lot of success. It is, without a doubt, one of the reasons the Washington Wizards hired him.
Under Brooks, the Wizards’ defense was abysmal. During the 2019-20 season, they had the lowest defensive rating. In the 2020-21 season, they were 19th in defensive rating, indicating a minor improvement.
Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards defense tonight pic.twitter.com/nFq3PqGEEw— Stadium (@Stadium) February 1, 2021
Nonetheless, the Washington Wizards’ defense has been a major issue for them in previous years, limiting their success. Unseld Jr’s experience as a defensive coordinator set him apart from the competition, as he is skilled in an area where the squad requires assistance.
Despite working with players who aren’t necessarily defensive masters, he was able to put up good defense with the Nuggets. Despite this, the Nuggets’ defensive rating has ranked 12th, 16th, and 10th in the last three seasons.