Washington Wizards 2016-2017 regular season RECORD: 49 - 33DateOpponentTimeResult10/27/2016@ Atlanta 7:30 PM L 99-11410/30/2016@ Memphis 8:00 PM L 103-11211/2/2016Toronto7:00 PM L 113-10311/4/2016Atlanta7:00 PM W 92-9511/5/2016@ Orlando 7:00 PM L 86-8811/7/2016 Houston7:00 PM L 114-10611/9/2016Boston7:00 PM W 93-11811/11/2016Cleveland7:00 PM L 105-9411/12/2016@ Chicago8:00 PM L 95-10611/16/2016@ Philadelphia7:00 PM L 102-10911/17/2016New York7:00 PM W 112-11911/19/2016Miami7:00 PM L 114-11111/21/2016Phoenix 7:00 PM W 101-10611/25/2016@ Orlando7:00 PM W 94-9111/26/2016San Antonio7:00 PM L 112-10011/28/2016Sacramento7:00 PM W 95-10111/30/2016@ Oklahoma City8:00 PM L 115-12612/2/2016@ San Antonio8:30 PM L 105-10712/5/2016@ Brooklyn7:30 PM W 118-11312/6/2016Orlando7:00 PM L 124-11612/8/2016Denver7:00 PM W 85-9212/10/2016Milwaukee7:00 PM W 105-11012/12/2016@ Miami7:30 PM L 101-11212/14/2016Charlotte7:00 PM W 106-10912/16/2016Detroit7:00 PM W 108-12212/18/2016L.A. Clippers3:30 PM W 110-11712/19/2016@ Indiana7:00 PM L 105-10712/21/2016@ Chicago8:00 PM W 107-9712/23/2016@ Milwaukee8:00 PM L 96-12312/26/2016Milwaukee7:00 PM W 102-10712/28/2016Indiana7:00 PM W 105-11112/30/2016Brooklyn7:00 PM W 95-1181/2/2017@ Houston8:00 PM L 91-1011/3/2017@ Dallas8:30 PM L 105-1131/6/2017Minnesota7:00 PM W 105-1121/8/2017@ Milwaukee2:00 PM W 107-1011/10/2017Chicago7:00 PM W 99-1011/11/2017@ Boston8:00 PM L 108-1171/14/2017Philadelphia8:00 PM W 93-1091/16/2017Portland2:00 PM W 101-1201/18/2017Memphis7:00 PM W 101-1041/19/2017@ New York8:00 PM W 113-1101/21/2017@ Detroit6:00 PM L 112-1131/23/2017@ Charlotte7:00 PM W 109-991/24/2017Boston7:00 PM W 108-1231/27/2017@ Atlanta8:00 PM W 112-861/29/2017@ New Orleans6:00 PM W 107-941/31/2017New York7:00 PM W 101-1172/2/2017L.A. Lakers7:00 PM W 108-1162/4/2017New Orleans7:00 PM W 91-1052/6/2017Cleveland7:00 PM L 140-1352/8/2017@ Brooklyn7:30 PM W 114-1102/10/2017Indiana8:00 PM W 107-1122/13/2017Oklahoma City7:00 PM W 98-1202/16/2017@ Indiana7:00 PM W 111-982/24/2017@ Philadelphia7:00 PM L 112-1202/26/2017Utah5:00 PM L 92-1022/28/2017Golden State7:00 PM W 108-1123/1/2017@ Toronto7:30 PM W 105-963/3/2017Toronto7:00 PM L 114-1063/5/2017Orlando5:00 PM W 114-1153/7/2017@ Phoenix9:00 PM W 131-1273/8/2017@ Denver9:00 PM W 123-1133/10/2017@ Sacramento10:30 PM W 130-1223/11/2017@ Portland10:00 PM W 125-1243/13/2017@ Minnesota8:00 PM L 104-1193/15/2017Dallas7:00 PM L 112-1073/17/2017Chicago7:00 PM W 107-1123/18/2017@ Charlotte7:00 PM L 93-983/20/2017@ Boston7:30 PM L 102-1103/22/2017Atlanta8:00 PM W 100-1043/24/2017Brooklyn7:00 PM W 108-1293/25/2017@ Cleveland7:30 PM W 127-1153/28/2017@ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM W 119-1083/29/2017@ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM L 124-1333/31/2017@ Utah9:00 PM L 88-954/2/2017@ Golden State8:00 PM L 115-1394/4/2017Charlotte7:00 PM W 111-1184/6/2017@ New York7:30 PM W 106-1034/8/2017Miami7:00 PM L 106-1034/10/2017@ Detroit8:00 PM W 105-1014/12/2017@ Miami8:00 PM L 102-110PLAYOFFSDateOpponentTimeResult4/16/2017Atlanta1:00 PM W 107-1144/19/2017Atlanta7:00 PM W 101-994/22/2017@Atlanta5:30 PM L 98-1164/24/2017@Atlanta 8:00 PM L 101-1114/26/2017Atlanta 6:00 PM W 99-1034/28/2017@Atlanta 7:30 PM W 115-99DateOpponentTimeResult4/30/2017@ Boston1:00 PM L 111-1235/2/2017@ Boston8:00 PM L 119-1295/4/2017Boston 8:00 PM W 89-1165/7/2017Boston6:30 PM W 102-1215/10/2017@ Boston8:00 PM L 101-1235/12/2017Boston8:00 PM W 91-925/15/2017@ Boston8:00 PM L 105-115Failure to Launch "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden If failure were an art form, the Wizards' ill-fated pursuit of Kevin Durant might just be their masterpiece. After spending the last several seasons painstakingly avoiding the types of trades and free agent signings that might add talent at the cost of long-term salary cap flexibility, the Wizards entered the summer with only six players under contract and all the salary space they would need to sign Silver Spring native Kevin Durant to his hometown team. For good measure, the team even signed KD's old coach, Scott Brooks, to a five year, $35 million contract. No other candidates were interviewed.* The stage was set. The team's ambitious plans, years in the making, would all come down to arguably the most important pitch in franchise history. Durant refused to even take the meeting. I can think of no outcome that more perfectly distills the essence of the Washington Wizards organization. (Dramatization of Ernie Grunfeld's pitch to Kevin Durant.) After the Wizards' apparent "Plan B," Al Horford, opted to sign with the Boston Celtics, GM Grunfeld felt the best remaining use for the team's long-awaited 2017 cap space would be to sign former Indiana Pacers backup center Ian Mahinmi to a four year, $64 million deal - making him the second highest player on the team, ahead of John Wall and behind only the newly re-signed, maxed out Bradley Beal. (Who inked a maximum five year, $128 million contract.) For the second year in a row, the team revamped its struggling bench. Gone are those veteran mercs signed last year to one year deals: Jared Dudley, Gary Neal, and Alan Anderson. Gone are the oft-injured Nene, reserve point guard Ramon Sessions, and the universally declared class act, Garrett Temple. In their place, the Wizards added the promising young forward Andrew Nicholson, 2012 "draft and stash" Tomas Satoransky, veteran stiff Jason Smith, and, via trade, former #9 overall pick Trey Burke. (The team's final roster spots remain somewhat in flux as of this writing, especially with Ian Mahinmi now out following surgery to repair a partially-torn meniscus.) The rest of the Southeast Division fared little better this summer. Miami lost both remaining members of their "big three." Atlanta replaced Al Horford with Dwight Howard. In a massive overhaul, the struggling Magic traded Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka, signed Bismack Biyombo to a Mahinmi-esque four year, $72 million deal, and replaced the burned out Scott Skiles with Pacers' castaway Frank Vogel. Charlotte lost Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin to free agency and the 2017 NBA All Star game to its bigoted legislature. Heading into November, the Wizards seem to have the same aspiration as many politicians in this most heated of elections: be the best (or least objectionable) in a group of bad options. How will they fare - and how will the team's chemistry hold up with the summer's new additions and salary disparities? I hope you'll stick with us as we find out. After all, mediocrity loves company. * And they say the NBA doesn't need a "Rooney Rule."