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Wizards make safe hire in Scott Brooks

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Scott Brooks

After firing Randy Wittman the night of the final regular season game a week ago, the Washington Wizards have filled that position with their number one target, Scott Brooks.

Not only did the Wizards make a quick decision, but so did Brooks, so he clearly sees something he likes in D.C. And what’s not to like? The Wizards have two very good backcourt players in John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Brooks went 338-207 with the Thunder and was named Coach of the Year after the 2009-2010 season. His team went to the finals in 2012 and made three Western Conference finals appearances. He developed players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. So Imagine what he do with Wall and Beal.

But what is really interesting about the hire is his connection to Durant, one of the big tickets of this offseason. Many have ruled a return to his hometown out for Durant, but with Brooks in the fold, maybe Durant could get back with him and join Wall and Beal to create a team that can challenge for trips to the finals in the Eastern Conference.

The big complaint about Brooks in Oklahoma City is that he did not really accomplish enough, despite having a roster loaded with All-NBA caliber players, and if the Wizards do not land Durant then Brooks is an expensive five-year, $35 million gamble.

But at the end of the day, Wizards GM Ernie Grunfield said the Wizards needed to regain their defensive identity, and Brooks brings that to the table. Brooks led OKC to one of the league’s top defenses. The Wizards allowed 104.6 ppg, third worst in the Eastern Conference. Considering Brooks has a history of developing players, he is a safe hire.

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