2011–12 Washington Wizards season
|2011–12 Washington Wizards season|
|Head coach||Randy Wittman (Jan. - 2016)|
Flip Saunders (Dec. - Jan.)
|Place||Division: 4th (Southeast)|
Conference: 14th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Television||CSN Mid-Atlantic, The CW Washington, TBD TV|
|Radio||106.7 The Fan|
The 2011–12 Washington Wizards season was the 51st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 39th in the Washington, D.C. area. The Wizards finished the lockout-shortened season with a 20–46 record and in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. It was the last season of Flip Saunders as Washington's head coach, who was fired after 17 games. For the 2011–12 season, the Wizards unveiled a new logo and color scheme, bringing back the "hands" logo used during the 90s when they were still called the Washington Bullets. They also changed their DC logo including the "hands" logo.
- June 23: The 2011 NBA Draft took place in Newark, New Jersey.
- July 1: The free agency period begun.
- December 26: The Wizards begin the regular season with a loss against the New Jersey Nets at home.
|1||6||Jan Veselý||PF||Czech Republic||Partizan (Serbia)|
|1||18||Chris Singleton||SF||United States||Florida State (Jr.)|
|2||34||Shelvin Mack||PG/SG||United States||Butler (Jr.)|
|2011–12 Washington Wizards roster|
|7||x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||14|
|12||New Jersey Nets||22||44||.333||28|
|2011–12 game log|
Total: 20–46 (Home: 11–22; Road: 9–24)
December: 0–3 (Home: 0–1; Road: 0–2)
January: 4–14 (Home: 3–8; Road: 1–6)
February: 3–11 (Home: 1–5; Road: 2–6)
March: 5–11 (Home: 3–5; Road: 2–6)
April : 8–7 (Home: 4–3; Road: 4–4)
|2011–12 season schedule|
|Roger Mason [a]||52||0||13.4||.399||.383||.778||1.3||.9||.3||.1||5.5|
|JaVale McGee [a]||41||40||27.4||.535||.500||8.8||.6||.6||2.5||11.9|
|Hamady N'Diaye [a]||3||0||1.0||.000||.0||.0||.0||.0||.0|
|Ronny Turiaf [a]||4||0||14.5||1.000||3.0||1.3||1.5||.8||1.5|
|Nick Young [a]||40||32||30.3||.406||.371||.862||2.4||1.2||.8||.3||16.6|
- a Statistics with the Washington Wizards.
Awards and milestones
- John Wall participated in the Rising Stars Challenge and in the Skills Challenge during the All-Star Weekend in Orlando.
- Rashard Lewis scored his 15,000th career point in a 98–77 win against the Detroit Pistons on February 12.
Injuries and surgeries
- On April, Roger Mason, Jr. underwent surgery to repair a broken index finger in his left hand and was out for the remainder of the season.
Via free agency
|Players Lost |
Via free agency
|December 10, 2011||To Washington Wizards
Conditional 2013 second round pick (from Knicks)
Cash considerations (from Knicks)
Conditional 2012 second round pick (from Mavericks)
|To Dallas Mavericks|
Future second round pick (from Wizards)
To New York Knicks
Tyson Chandler (sign and trade)
Draft rights to Ahmad Nivins (from Mavericks)
Draft rights to Georgios Printezis (from Mavericks)
|March 15, 2012||To Washington Wizards
Conditional 2015 second round pick (from Clippers)
|To Denver Nuggets|
Future second round pick (from Clippers)
To Los Angeles Clippers
|Player||Date signed||Former team|
|Roger Mason, Jr.||December 9||New York Knicks|
|Larry Owens||December 10||Re-signed|
|Hamady N'Diaye||December 11||Re-signed|
|Maurice Evans||December 16||Re-signed|
|Nick Young||December 19||Re-signed|
|Morris Almond||April 16||Maine Red Claws|
|Player||Date signed||New team|
|Josh Howard||December 15||Utah Jazz|
|Yi Jianlian||January 6||Dallas Mavericks|
Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.
|Played in other leagues during lockout|
|Player||Date signed||New team||Opt-out clause|
|Mustafa Shakur||June 27||Pau-Orthez (France)||No|
|Trevor Booker||August 4||Bnei HaSharon (Israel)||Yes|
|Kevin Seraphin||September 20||Caja Laboral (Spain)||Yes|
|Yi Jianlian||October 8||Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)||Yes|
- Washington Wizards fire Flip Saunders, ESPN.com. January 24, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Wizards Unveil New Logos and Uniforms, NBA.com/wizards. May 10, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- "HoopsHype - NBA Salaries - Washington Wizards". July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Rashard Lewis Reaches NBA Milestone, HoopsWorld.com. February 13, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- Roger Mason Jr.’s season will end with surgery on finger, Washington Post. April 15, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011.