Why the Washington Wizards Will Surprise the East in 2013

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Why the Washington Wizards Will Surprise the East in 2013
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The Washington Wizards are better than their record suggests, but 2013 needs to be the year that they prove it.

“We were bad—by plan—and now we plan to be GOOD.”—Ted Leonsis, April 2012.

Washington is a place where a false dawn seems to rise as soon as the sun sets, so to promise hope prior to each season quickly becomes tiresome as the years roll by.

Although it’s nice to know that the Washington Wizards plan to be good next year, it would also have been nice to have been told earlier that they planned to be bad this year.

You know, so that the eight-game losing streak didn’t hurt so much at the start of the season. As well as having to suffer the early sight of John Wall careening out of control in the vague direction of the basket, hoping to draw the foul rather than actually having to make the layup.

However, this didn’t continue for the entire season, and there were a number of real positives that can be taken as an indicator that there will be some surprises next time around.

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