What the Washington Wizards Can Learn from NBA's Top Teams

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What the Washington Wizards Can Learn from NBA's Top Teams
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It's been a rough couple of first years for John Wall in Washington D.C.

Now that the Los Angeles Clippers have officially pulled themselves from the depths of NBA futility it's time to move on to figuring out a way to get a decent Washington Wizards team on the court. 

Easier said than done right? 

The Wizards are a team that seems to continually take one step forward only to take two, or in some cases, three steps back. For every decent draft pick, there seem to be a few wasted ones. One good trade leads to two bad ones. 

Clearly, no NBA team will take on this charity mission, after all, regardless of how bad the Wizards are, they're still the competition. 

There are a litany of things that the Wizards need for long-term sustained improvement. Better draft picks, team health, are among them. 

It's not as if the Wizards don't have some blueprints for success staring them in the face. After all, the NBA is not without its better franchises. I'm not talking only about those that have won NBA titles. There are teams that compete at a high level nearly every season. 

How do those teams get to that point? What are their secrets? There's no sure-fire path to success, but there are things that teams can learn simply from emulating those very teams that they aspire to be more like. 

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