Put it all together -- three veteran defenders, two of which (Okafor and Nene) can score, and two young stars-in-the-making -- and it looks like the Wizards are on the right path, right?
The blueprint for this team is to be elite on defense and okay on offense. That's what the Bulls did in Derrick Rose's third season. Here's the major, unavoidable difference: the Bulls had Tom Thibodeau while the Wizards have Randy Wittman. Wittman had the team for most of the 2011-12 season. The Wizards were No. 27 in defense. In Wittman's last full season at the helm of a team (the 2007-08 Timberwolves), his team finished No. 27 in defense. In two seasons in Cleveland, Wittman's teams ranked No. 14 and No. 22. The season before Wittman had taken over, under Mike Fratello, the Cavaliers were No. 12 in defense.
Most damning is perhaps the 2006-07 Timberwolves, when Wittman took over for Dwane Casey (who had the team 20-20) and finished 12-30. Under Casey, it was a strong defensive team led by Kevin Garnett. Under Wittman, it was an aimless team with no principal strength.
This is not the coach you want running your defense-first team, especially one depending on the development of two young guards.