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The Washington Wizards have always been a decent team in the Eastern Conference, but this season has been their breakout season. With point guard John Wall averaging 23.1 points per game, 10.7 assists per game, and 4.4 rebounds per game, and shooting guard Bradley Beal averaging 23.2 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game, the Wizards have potentially the best backcourt duo in the NBA.
These two players have carried their team, but how? Well first off, the team overall is very successful at home and have the 6th best home record in the NBA with home record of 26-10. This record is only behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. At one point, the Wizards even had a 14-game home winning streak, which proves their dominance at home compared other teams. Their homecourt advantage is evident unlike other teams.
Another reason the Wizards are doing so well is because they have an amazing coach in Scott Brooks. The 2010 NBA Coach of the Year for the Oklahoma City Thunder was fired in 2015 and was picked up this year to be head coach of the Wizards. He has led this team to a 41-26 record as of this moment and is in contention for another NBA Coach of the Year award.
The final reason the Wizards are doing so well is because they have a very young team, meaning that they are very fast and athletic. As a matter of fact, the Wizards only have 3 players over the age of 30, and their oldest player on the team is center Marcin Gortat at 33 years old. Even though Gortat is the oldest player, he has had a great season, as he has averaged a double-double in points and rebounds per game. This shows that no matter the age, the players on the Wizards all play with consistency.
As you can see, the Wizards are possibly the very best team in the Eastern Conference and they might even be the best team in the entire NBA. They will certainly be a factor come playoff time. If I had any suggestions for the Wizards front office, I would tell them to try to draft a better younger center to back up Gortat and let him start after he has developed enough behind Gortat. After all, it is always a good idea to try to get better by getting younger. Another thing is that the Wizards need to try to get rid of Ian Mahinmi’s $16 million per year contract which extends through the 2019-2020 season. Mahinmi is a solid player, but he is not worth $16 million per season.
As for Bradley Beal’s mega- contract, I was skeptical at first. However, now I think that is fine because as of this moment, Beal looks like he could be the next big star of the franchise.
The Washington Wizards look like a good team with a bright future. It will be very interesting to see if the Wizards keep their roster the same or try to change it up to go even younger.