There is no worse feeling for a fan than to see his or her team crash and burn in the beginning of a season.
You wait and wait for months to see your team play, you talk yourself into why it could actually contend for a playoff spot, and then if you are a Washington Wizards fan, you see them go 1-12 through their first 13 games.
I wish I could tell you that there is a simple solution to it all, that John Wall’s eventual return will be the magic ingredient that will make everything right, but that just isn’t the case.
If this list is any indication, history tells us that the Wizards will have 20 wins or less for the third time in the past five seasons.
The Wizards are a team that hasn’t finished higher than fourth in their division since 2008. In fact, they are the odds-on favorite to finish last for the third time in the past four seasons.
You look at the rest of the NBA landscape and you see the Golden State Warriors in first place with a 9-6 record, the Bobcats at .500 with a 7-7 record after having seven wins total last year, and even the New Orleans Hornets at 4-10 but with legitimate hope because they have Anthony Davis.
The Wizards, meanwhile, lose close game after close game as their former No. 1 pick sits courtside in a suit waiting to return to action.
Let’s take a look at six possible solutions for this franchise that could help the Wizards both in the short term and the long term as well.