With starting forward Paul Pierce out for the season, the Washington Wizards were expected to be a different team than the one that flamed out in the first round of the playoffs last spring. And as we approach Thursday’s season opener, the Wizards’ top ten ranking in ESPN’s NBA power rankings surely helps in the transition. Not to mention that one name that’s starting to draw attention is former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.
That’s quite the turnaround for a franchise that was considered to be the worst in the league after the 2015 season. Only a handful of that’s players are left from that 2013–14 team, the only losing seasons in Washingotn’s history. But while the roster has shifted around, some can count on one thing — winning. So far. The Wizards have played in the postseason in each of the last two seasons. And won.
When the Wizards first got into the NBA in 1967–68, only five of their 14 players were in the starting lineup for that season opener. Today, 20 starters out of 20 players in Washington are part of a playoff run.
That’s what James Baldwin calls for in “The Elements of Style.”
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