The Wizards suffered a 121-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night and head coach Scott Brooks let it be known that there will be lineup changes within the team in an effort to get their best lineups on the floor.
The odd man out in the Wizards starting lineup will be second year forward Isaac Bonga who has started the first seven games of the season but has struggled on both ends of the floor the last few games. Bonga is shooting 44% from the field and just 20% from 3-point range.
Coming into the season Bonga was viewed as a developmental project and an extra addition to the Lakers trade that netted the Wizards former first round pick, Mo Wagner. Bonga was thrust into the starting lineup in the preseason because Troy Brown suffered a strained calf in offseason workouts and C.J. Miles was recovering from foot surgery. Bonga was able to take advantage of his opportunity to play minutes at the small forward position and was able to beat out former first round pick and NBA journeyman Justin Anderson for one of the teams last roster spots.
Scott Brooks was very complimentary of Bonga and what he was able to accomplish in his seven starts, but Brooks admitted that there would be a change coming to the starting five but wouldn’t go as far to say if Troy Brown Jr or C.J. Miles will be the one to replace Bonga.
“I’m in this sport, it’s my job and I didn’t know much about him, but I do love what he brings and his future with us. It’s our job to get him better.” - Scott Brooks on what Isaac Bonga has brought to the team so far and how he will fit into the teams future.