It has been a decade to full of ups and downs for the Washington Wizards.
However, the Wiz have improved of late and are primed to make a postseason run sooner rather than later. Looking at their recent five-year playoff drought, the Wizards’ faithful have been deprived and definitely deserve a winner.
John Wall is a big reason why there is such optimism in Washington as the face of the franchise ended this last season on a scorching note. In the last month of the 2012-13 season, no one was more effective than Wall. No. 2 poured in 30 or more points twice in the month of April and ended the month averaging 23.9 points per game. Wall has shown no signs of slowing down, so expect his fantastic April to spill into the 2013-14 season.
With Wall being the obvious leader, Bradley Beal did a wonderful job in his rookie campaign as a sidekick — Beal is already seen by many as the second-best player out of his draft class. Not to mention, Beal hasn’t even turned 20 years old yet and he will only get better in Washington’s open-ended offense. A young combination of Beal and Wall is the envy of most teams, but the two must show some longevity if they want to even be mentioned in the same breath as the always lethal Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Hopefully, Washington will be able to catch lightning in a bottle when the 2013 NBA Draft kicks off on Thursday as the team holds the No. 3 pick for the second straight year. As the Wizards continue to mature, they should also be keying in on savvy veterans like Paul Pierce and Luol Deng who could definitely propel this team to uncharted waters in the coming seasons.