Tank Commanders: Every terrible NBA team's secret weapon to landing the No. 1 pick

Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
3 of 5

Washington Wizards: Jordan Poole

Former Golden State Warrior Jordan Poole was traded last summer in a deal that netted them Chris Paul and the Warriors probably couldn't be happier with that deal. After all, Paul has been a positive contributor and should help them make the playoffs once he returns from a hand injury. Meanwhile, Poole has struggled mightily in his first season with the Washington Wizards, posting 15.8 points per game on 50.9% true shooting percentage—way below league average.

Other advanced stats don't paint him in a better light. He somehow has -0.037 win shares per 48 minutes when the league average is .100. No matter how you slice it, he has been awful, so much so that he was recently demoted to the bench despite being their highest-paid player, making more than $27 million this season and over the next three years.

Washington willingly took on a player who is turning out to be one of the worst in the league and has one of the worst contracts in the NBA. With a bottom-three record seemingly secure, they don't necessarily have any incentive to play Poole more than necessary, though he has been a four-star general as a tank commander, helping them get to this point.