Why Washington Wizards Could Be in Line for Meteoric NBA Rise

August 8th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

Last season's first-round victory over the Chicago Bulls marked the first time since 2005 the Washington Wizards won a playoff series.

It won't take the franchise that long to win another one.

Despite a six-game defeat at the hands of the uneven Indiana Pacers, there's little doubt that the 2013-14 campaign was a resounding success for Washington. Head coach Randy Wittman made his postseason debut and was summarily rewarded with a contract extension ensuring he'll oversee this roster's continued development.

That brings us to the strides said roster has already made.

Franchise face and point guard John Wall demonstrated heretofore unseen levels of maturity and growth. His 19.3 points and 8.8 assists per game both ranked as career highs, as did his 35.1 percent success rate from beyond the three-point arc.

Wall eventually showed that he still has plenty to learn upon being stymied by Indiana's stifling defense. He shot a combined 6-of-27 from the field in the first two games of that series and finished with a 5-of-17 performance in Game 6.

All told, Wall averaged just 14.2 points on 36.8 ...

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