The Washington Wizards are a team that seems to be making a step forward this season after some very bad years. Washington may be 29-48, but that’s more wins than the team has had in one year during the last five seasons. John Wall is the key to that success in Washington and keeping him healthy for a full year could amount to a Washington team that improves even more next year.
Wall is averaging 18 points a game for Washington this year while playing in 44 of Washington’s 77 games. I know that Wall is still young and will only be 23 years old when next season begins, but I think progress must begin soon. Wall has averaged over 23 points a game over his last five outings and is controlling play and that just shows me what could happen with this team. If Wall can stay on the court and play like he has lately, there is no reason why the Wizards can’t be the surprise team in the NBA next season.
Wall got through the shortened season last year just fine, but needs to play 82 games without injury. The Wizards are going to be scary with Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt for years to come and they will make life very difficult on teams around the NBA. I will predict that the Wizards win over 35 games next season if Wall can play the whole season without injury and could even get close to the .500 mark. It may seem like a long shot considering that the team hasn’t been to the playoffs in quite a while, but unlike a lot of teams around the NBA, there is a lot of hope for the future in the nation’s capital.