After a slow start the Washington Wizards are finally putting it together and showing the potential we knew they had. The backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal are both having career years and It’s led the Wizards to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The coaching of Scott Brooks has been outstanding this season, getting the group to mesh the way they have. Expect this Wizards team to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.
The Wizard season hinges on the chemistry between guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. If Beal can stay healthy and these two can gel together on the court then the Wizards can press winning 50 games and be a contender in the East, this, however, has been a problem in the past as Wall alluded to over the offseason. The Wizards have also hired new coach Scott Brooks who I believe to be a real asset.
Expected Wins (47)
John Wall and Bradley Beal finally survived a full season without injury and what a result it’s been for the backcourt duo. Both Wall and Beal are having career seasons and have led the Wizards to 49 wins. The 49 wins are made more impressive by the fact that the Wizards started just 2-8 after their first ten games. John Wall has taken control of this team, he has well and truly put himself into All-NBA selection, averaging 23.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and four rebounds. Bradley Beal also averaged 23.1 points for the season on 48 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Wall and Beal have finally developed a bond, “We’re just building a bond. We always joke and have fun. We play cards on the plane with each other. All that stuff equaled up to us making a better bond. We both are young, talented players that want to be great, want to be special.” Wall said about Beal. Otto Porter Jr. and Marcin Gortat have both been important pieces this season, with Gortat averaging a double-double and Porter averaging a career high 13.4 points per game.
The Wizards were a John Wall fractured wrist away from making the Conference Finals back in 2015 and they fully expect to get back there. Wall expressed his desire to get back to the Conference Finals saying “Our main goal is to get to the conference finals. We feel like we should have been there before if nobody got injured. Our goal is to get there. In seven games [in a playoff series], let’s see who can win four games first.” The Wizards have taken game one against the Atlanta Hawks and should move through that series comfortably. The Wizards will then take on either the Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls. Despite the Celtics finishing with the number one seed, I’m backing the Wizards to win that series regardless of who they play. A conference finals is a very realistic goal for this team.