9:26 PM EDT, Thu August 25, 2016
Bullets Forever Aug 16, 2016

The Wizards have the pieces in place to have a great bench next season

After missing out on Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and every other big-time free agent out there, the franchise had to pivot on their strategy in free agency. Since they couldn’t bolster their starting lineup, they spent most of their money on revamping their bench unit, which was one of the worst in the league last season. The Wall, Beal, Porter, Morris, Gortat lineup outscored opponents by 5.6 points per 100 possessions. But when they were off the floor, it got ugly. Washington’s Net Rating was -2.6 when Gortat was off the floor. It was -4.0 with Wall on the bench. On an individual...
Bullets Forever Aug 12, 2016

Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith could be an effective pairing in Washington, if they ever see the floor

The Wizards signed two players from the Orlando Magic last season, to wildly different reactions from fans last month. Many applauded Washington locking up Andrew Nicholson to a four-year, $26 million deal that will carry him through his prime NBA years. Most of those same people were not thrilled by the team’s decision to give Smith a three-year, $16 million deal to essentially be the team’s third-string center, behind Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi. It’s been over a month since those deals went through and nothing has happened to change the tide of opinion. If anything, the Smith...
Bullets Forever Jul 27, 2016

Podcast: How Ian Mahinmi will fit on the Wizards, and checking in on the Mystics at the Olympic break

Before we talk about this week’s episode, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. It will change your life, and if you don’t, you won’t understand a lot of the references in this week’s episode. In the first half of the show, Jake Whitacre and Lyndie Wood talk about this summer’s big signing: Ian Mahinmi. They take a look at where he fits on the roster, since the team already has Marcin Gortat, and if there’s any way they can play together on the floor. They also take a look at what his signing means for the team’s frontcourt depth and how it stacks up against some of the other stacked...
Bullets Forever Jul 27, 2016

What to expect from Ian Mahinmi with the Wizards: A Q&A with Indy Cornrows

The Wizards' first (non-incumbent) signing of the 2016 offseason was center Ian Mahinmi on a four year, $64 million dollar contract. Mahinmi turns 30 this November, but despite being an eight-year veteran, he doesn't have too many NBA miles under his belt. He's played NBA minutes than Bradley Beal. His last year with Indiana was his first as a full-time starter, where he anchored their defense and gave them a threat in the pick and roll. He was 14th in the league in points per possession as the roll man (minimum 100 possessions; Marcin Gortat was sixth). While it's legitimate to question...