Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard looking at player development for 2019-20, not win totals
For Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard, the goal this season is not necessarily to rack up wins but to develop their players.
For Sheppard, who’s entering his first year as the Wizards’ general manager, the goal in the 2019-20 season is for their players ‘to be stars in their role.’ And they don’t necessarily have to light up the stat sheet. It’s all about perfect execution and consistency.
“And it’s not just by a stat sheet. It’s all the things that you’re asked to do on the floor. Are you able to go out there, execute consistently, and we see you improve the things that we’re asking you to do? We’re asking players to be stars in their role, essentially, right?” Sheppard said at a news conference, per Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press via the Washington Post.
Sheppard noted some of the little things that the team needs to look at to get better. In essence, it’s all about being unselfish and looking after your teammates.
“You get some guys that … the only time the ball’s coming to you is the end of the shot clock. So we’re asking you to set great screens. We’re asking you to be a selfless help-side defender. We can evaluate that to see if you’re doing those things. I think those are areas that we’re going to evaluate and watch the roster get better.”
It’s an interesting strategy by the Sheppard. He knows getting back to the win column is a long and tedious process. And it starts with developing their players.