Needless to say, the Wizards' defense has been absolutely dreadful to start the season.
They rank 29th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, which has taken away from their elite offense through the first nine games of the year.
One bright spot on defense has been Moe Wagner's knack for drawing charges. He's currently third in the NBA in charges drawn with eight, trailing only Montrezl Harrel and Aron Baynes, who are two of the league's best interior defenders.
Against the Celtics Wednesday night, Wagner took three charges in the first half, with one getting unfortunately reversed.
Head coach Scott Brooks has noticed Wagner's willingness to put his body on the line for an extra possession, and told the Washington Post's Candace Buckner how the team's defense could improve if other players played more like his new big man.
"Mo is willing to get there," Brooks said. "He puts himself in those positions. He’s thinking ahead of the play and that’s what we have to do as a defensive team.”
There's plenty to be hopeful about with this Wizards team, especially if they can keep up the same level of production offensively.
Defensive success is built on effort and connectivity as a unit. If Wagner continues to draw charges, other players can feed off that energy and grit to fuel their effort on the defensive end.
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