The Washington Wizards‘ season had a dark cloud over it to start the year with the news that John Wall would be sidelined indefinitely due to some knee soreness. Wall has since returned, and the Wizards have looked like what they actually are (a team built completely around Wall’s talents) as opposed to what they looked like at the beginning of the year (the worst team in the league).
I unfortunately attended some of the Wizards early games this season. I watched them look hopeless against the Charlotte Bobcats and then look even more poorly against the Brooklyn Nets. The most depressing part about this year’s early season squad? They were actually playing pretty hard; they just had lousy talent on the floor.
I think it’s safe to say that they will not make the playoffs, and Bradley Beal looked hopeless in the early season without Wall. Since Wall’s return though? Beal has started to show why he merited a fourth-overall draft pick last summer. He recently scored a career-high 26 points, which would not have been possible without Wall.
The Wizards have a tough road to plow ahead the rest of the season. They dug themselves a pretty big hole with their early struggles, and even if Wall is brilliant the rest of the year, it will still be tough for them to make the playoffs. As a native of the area, I will continue to watch and cheer for the team, but I also know in my heart that they will be much better next year.