Will the Wizards have the worst NBA defense ever?

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Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers surrendered a whopping 117.6 points per 100 possessions per game, shattering the previous mark for defensive futility since the 1973-74 season. Unbreakable record, right? Sir or madam, have you looked at the Wizards’ roster? The best defender on the team is … Troy Brown? Bradley Beal? This is gonna get ugly.

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Dec 3 2019
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Do you know how bad your defense has to be to have a 6-12 record and -3.6 point differential despite possessing a top-five offense? Really, really bad. The Wizards aren't quite as bad as last year's Cavs yet, but they've also let opponents drop 130 points six times this year and haven't held anyone under 110 in a month. It's only a matter of time.

Oct 28 2019
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Through three games, the Washington Wizards' defense is ... actually kinda good? The Wizards ranked 14th in defensive efficiency in the (very) early going, despite beginning their season with three road games against tough Southwest Division opponents. Thomas Bryant's rim protection has improved, Isaac Bonga is kinda a stopper, and the Wizards have even confused opponents with a funky looking zone from time to time.

Oct 16 2019
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On the one hand, the Wizards' defensive efficiency will fall somewhere in the middle of the pack in the preseason once it's finished. On the other hand, their two closest things they have to competent wing defenders (Troy Brown, C.J. Miles) are injured, and a third, Justin Anderson, was released. The second point seems more meaningful than the first.