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In recent years the Washington Wizards have been one of the prime examples of an underperforming team. They have one of the best backcourts in the NBA in John Wall and Bradley Beal however winning a title has been a challenge. The Wizards have two playoff appearances in the past three years. Both times they advanced past the first round only too get eliminated in the second round. There were also reports of tension between John Wall and Bradley Beal. These two players are the Wizards best players and are considred rising stars however they struggled getting on the same page. The Wizards started the season 2-8 and many thought this was a lost year. This Wizards team has proven since that horrific start that they plan on making a deep playoff run.
The Wizards are 40-20 since that horrid start and are getting career years from Bradley Beal and John Wall. They also added sharp shooter Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets at the trade deadline. Bogdanovic has been a solid pickup as he’s helped improve the Wizards bench which was a glaring weakness before. The Wizards also appear to be playing with a chip on their shoulder as they are only 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Entering the playoffs as the second seed would be huge for a Wizards franchise that hasn’t won a title since 1978. The Wizards certainly have a deep enough starting lineup behind Beal and Wall in Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, and Otto Porter. Head coach Scott Brooks also has this team believing in themselves even after a rough start. In his first year as a coach he’s lead the Wizards to a 42-28 record.
If Wall and Bradley can keep producing then come playoff time this could become a dangerous team. Brooks has this team believing that they can make a deep run and he may just be right
Written By: Jamie Gatlin