Three Takeaways From Wizards Win Against Sixers


1. Potential

Wizards fans have much to look forward to.  Despite the struggles and disappointments this team has put forth, this is a young, athletic team with a bright future coming soon.  Recent top draft picks Bradley Beal and John Wall are clicking, and either of the dynamic duo can go off on any given night — Beal was one rebound and two assists short of a triple double tonight.  With Wall locked in for the time being, when the day comes and Beal gets his due other teams need beware.

2. Ask and You Shall Receive

PG John Wall is making a serious case for an All-Star nomination and the fans are responding. Wall is averaging 20 points, 8.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

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His midrange jumper shows visible growth and his shot selection is much improved.  As critics who doubted Wall’s ability to facilitate an offense are growing quiet, owner Ted Leonsis can sit back with a smile knowing that the 5-yr/$80 million contract Wall signed in the offseason is starting to pay dividends.

3. No Depth No Glory

You can’t win in this NBA without a bench.  The Wizards are ninth in the league in bench scoring, fifth in bench rebounding, and it shows.  Adding guard Eric Maynor in the offseason to spell Wall when he needs a breather has been key, and swingman Martell Webster continues to come in and space the defense with his perimeter shooting. What the Wizards lack is the front court depth, which shows whenever Nene and Marcin Gortat are out of the game.  Hopefully they can fill some of these voids through what is gearing up to be a very strong draft.