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Washington Wizards: Biggest Issues Behind the Franchise's Playoff Drought

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Washington Wizards: Biggest Issues Behind the Franchise's Playoff Drought
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When a franchise only musters 19 road wins in three seasons, that franchise is in a state of disarray.

This losing culture that characterizes the Washington Wizards, and has even before Ted Leonsis bought the team in 2010, still lingers as the team looks forward to the NBA draft on June 27 in Brooklyn, New York.

A strong selection could go a long way towards changing that culture. The Wizards were fortunate to receive some good luck in the lottery process, They should have some options with the No. 3 pick that are capable of making an immediate impact on the struggling team.

The Wizards, despite these years of struggles, have drafted relatively well. With the same No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, the team selected 2-guard Bradley Beal, a player with the makings of an effective NBA offensive player. Coupled with 2010’s No. 1 overall pick, John Wall, there is a young nucleus of talent in Washington’s backcourt that should aid in Washington’s goal of returning to the playoffs. 

The upcoming draft day could mark the official turnaround of the Wizards, who have been plagued by a series of issues since 2008, the last season they finished above the .500 mark.

Here are some of those issues, all of which could send any once-stable franchise into a crippling spiral.

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