All of a sudden, Washington, D.C. is home to some of the biggest stars in sports. No other city in America has four overall No. 1 picks since 2004, and the No. 1 star in D.C. would have been picked first overall in the draft most other seasons. No other city has four of its top five stars under the age of 25.
D.C. tried it with other teams’ stars who were past their prime in Michael Jordan, Jaromir Jagr and Donovan McNabb. That didn’t work, but now, the most powerful city in the country has its own homegrown stars in each of the four most popular American sports leagues.
It has been a rough couple of decades for Redskins fans. Hardly anyone under 40 remembers the last time the Bullets won the NBA title. And the Caps, while they usually make the playoffs, may be the most underachieving playoff team in the history of American sports. But with a baseball team in the playoffs for the first time since 1933, things may be turning around for D.C. sports fans.
With the five stars on this list, D.C. fans have a future most cities can only dream about. The top stars on this list aren’t necessarily the best players in that order, but they’re pretty close.
Without further ado, here are the five biggest sports stars in Washington, D.C.