Tough to place a coach that just got his team to secure a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference on the hot seat, but no amount of a success short of a NBA championship can really secure your job; especially with as much criticism that Randy Whittman has drawn for much of his time with the Washington Wizards.
Whittman has steadfastly remained loyal to his plodding offensive philosophy of grinding out games in the post despite having one of the best backcourts in the NBA in John Wall and Bradley Beal ready to tear things up in the open court. Instead, they finished in the bottom half of the NBA in terms of offensive efficiency depending on players like Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat on the inside.
That kind of illogical decision has many Wizards fans wondering whether they would be better off with a coach that will embrace the kind of talent they have rather than attempting to force a style of play that does not match up with their personnel.
By sheer force of will and a timely playoff series win against the defensive stonewall that are the Chicago Bulls last season, Whittman was able to escape last years similarly bleak season with a job. Unless he goes on a better run this season, he might not be as lucky at the end of this year.
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