Washington Wizards Seek Balance Between Idealism and Tempered Optimism

July 14th, 2010 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
Just about everything has gone right for the Wizards during this whirlwind offseason. They drafted the future of the franchise, point guard John Wall, they made a few trades to free up cap space and fill the roster, and their summer league squad has been fun to watch. While plenty has gone right thus far, none of it points to the Wizards being a playoff team next season.

Make no mistake about it—Washington is playing for the future, not the present.

Yes, the Wizards will be an interesting team to watch, the obvious reason being the dynamic backcourt of Wall and Gilbert Arenas. Other reasons include the progression of center JaVale McGee, the true breakout of Andray Blatche, any change in consistency for Nick Young, and the play of the recently added Hilton Armstrong, Yi Jianlian, and Kirk Hinrich.

Those latter names won't be starters, but they should play their own parts in the Wizards' rotation. It is silly to think that the casual fan will care about anything but Wall and Arenas.

Focus aside, the Wizards simply aren't built to win right now. It isn't out of the question for them to reach the playoffs, but only because the ...

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