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Randy Wittman on Opportunity, Lineup Changes & Starters

Updated: November 17, 2012

Coach Randy Wittman from Washington Wizards practice on Nov. 16, 2012:

“I’d like to get to where I have a steady rotation and every night this is how we’re going to go out and play, barring injuries. We haven’t been able to do that, just through up-and-down play of individuals.


As a coach you search to try to find that right mix, and I haven’t been able to do that. We gotta get to that point where you got five that are starting, and you got a rotation coming off the bench that knows when they’re coming in. That’s what we gotta get to, that’s when you become a consistent team. We’re not even close to that right now.”
—Randy Wittman

And on the starters:

“I’m trying, I’m trying, but it comes to a point where you have to give something else a try, too.”
—Randy Wittman

Five different five-man lineups have seen 10 or more minutes of action together for Wittman’s 0-7 Wizards. Those units are listed below with these stats: total minutes played (over number of games); eFG% (effective field goal percentage accounts for the fact that 3-pointers are worth more); total plus/minus; OffRtg (offensive rating is the amount of points scored per 100 possessions); and DefRtg (defensive rating is the amount of points allowed per 100 possessions).

A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza,
Trevor Booker & Emeka Okafor

Wittman has leaned on his starting lineup 33.7 percent of total game action this season.

  • 115 minutes (7 games)
  • 38.7 eFG%
  • minus-37 total plus/minus
  • 84.4 OffRtg
  • 102.4 DefRtg

Jannero Pargo, Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster,
Jan Vesely & Kevin Seraphin

  • 32 minutes (5 games)
  • 48.2 eFG%
  • minus-9 total plus/minus
  • 83.3 OffRtg
  • 98.3 DefRtg

Jannero Pargo, Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster,
Chris Singleton & Kevin Seraphin

  • 17 minutes (4 games)
  • 46.2 eFG%
  • minus-7 total plus/minus
  • 80.5 OffRtg
  • 103.5 DefRtg

A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster,
Chris Singleton & Kevin Seraphin

  • 16 minutes (3 games)
  • 56.9 eFG%
  • plus-3 total plus/minus
  • 111.1 OffRtg
  • 104.5 DefRtg

Jannero Pargo, Jordan Crawford, Cartier Martin,
Jan Vesely & Kevin Seraphin

Because of late-game desperation, A.J. Price’s injury, and Bradley Beal’s slump, this lineup has only been used once: against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. An eFG% of 90.6 is quite the outlier, as this unit went 12-for-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.

  • 10 minutes (1 game)
  • 90.6 eFG%
  • plus-13 total plus/minus
  • 170.6 OffRtg
  • 96.2 DefRtg


  • Jannero Pargo, who’s really more of a 2 guard, won’t be cluttering up lineups anymore.
  • Clearly the Price-Beal-Webster-Singleton-Seraphin unit is the best on this list, but the reality is that it still isn’t a lineup to be relied upon for consistently winning basketball.
  • Kevin Seraphin and Emeka Okafor haven’t spent a single minute on the court together this season.
  • Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal have seen a total of 18 minutes of action together over three games. During this time the Wizards are minus-5 in plus/minus.
  • Stats via NBA.com/stats
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