With the Wizards lacking many offensive options, Wittman focused on making them a staunch defensive team and they have responded by ranking in the top 10 in points allowed (seventh, 93.9) and defensive field goal percentage (fourth, 43.6). Wittman has also gotten his players to buy into an offense that isn’t geared around the ability of one or two players to put the ball in the basket. And opposing coaches have often stopped to laud him for not allowing his team to fold.
“I think Randy has done a great job of staying the course. Players have done a good job of hanging in there. Think about the number of last-possession losses they had. They were right there,” Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank said. “When you’re right in the middle of it, sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture. It’s such a long season and Randy did a great job of not changing what he believes in, and it’s amazing how things go from bad to good.”