John Wall, Washington Wizards Are Biggest Underdogs in Eastern Conference

By Jack Bolesta
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The Washington Wizards have been rebuilding through the NBA Draft over the past few years. A new door of hope opened up when Washington selected John Wall from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick in the 2010 draft. Drafting Wall was the first right step to turning around a franchise that had been hurting for too long.

Throughout his three years in the league, Wall has been very patient with the slow rebuilding process. This season has been one of the most pivotal points in Washington’s rebuilding process and Wall’s career. He is going to make his first All-Star appearance. He is also the first player to represent the Wizards since the 2007-08 season, when the Wizards were represented by Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.

Washington has had a tough season so far. The Wizards had beaten high-profile teams like the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, but could never get over .500 and be considered a winning team.

Things have changed in Washington, though. Since the turn of the new year, the Wizards have looked like a new team. Monday night’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers, finally got Washington over .500 for the first time since 2009. This win proves that Washington’s future is bright and all Eastern Conference teams should take notice. The Wizards have played great all of 2014, with a record of 10-8.

They are 4-2 in their last six games. Their four wins came against the Thunder, Blazers, Warriors and Phoenix Suns, who are the first, third, sixth and seventh seeds in the Western Conference. Their most recent win, taking them over the .500 mark, is one of the biggest steps in Washington’s rebuilding phase. It also makes all teams become aware of how good the Wizards have become.

Wall and Bradley Beal have been turning heads in the East as one of the best young backcourt duos this season. Wall is having his best season in his career. He has also matured into a leader and one of the best point guards in the league. He is currently averaging 19.8 points, 8.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. His great play has also helped evolve Beal into one of the best shooters in the league.

Washington’s future looks bright and the Wizards are currently heading in the right direction as playoffs get closer. Don’t be shocked for D.C. to become an attractive location for good basketball players. Washington is officially the biggest underdog in the Eastern Conference.

Jack Bolesta is a Washington Wizards writer for Follow him on Twitter @JackBolesta, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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