There is some hype surrounding the 2013-14 Washington Wizards, and it's directly related to success in the past few drafts.
Though he has yet to play a meaningful game for the Wiz, Georgetown's Otto Porter already has Wizards fans and writers discussing the importance keeping in tact the Wizards young core.
Other Eastern Conference teams attempting to escape the rebuilding period, namely the Cavaliers and Pistons, have used a more free-agent heavy approach to do so this past offseason to acheive this same hype.
The Wizards are taking a more old-fashioned approach. It helps when you have three top-three draft selections in four years, but the Wizards deserve this good fortune.
They have not always been so lucky.
Over the current five-year playoff drought, the Wizards are guilty of falling in love with a few players they should not have.
Perhaps it was something in the air or thoughts of the upcoming 40-year anniversary of Woodstock, but the summer of 2008 was the pinnacle of this love. Gilbert Arenas played only 13 games in 2007-08, but was showered with a $111 million contract. Trusty Antawn Jamison deserved his four-year, $50 million contract yet some had to wonder where this money was coming from.
All they needed to round out this twosome of guard and swingman was a seven-foot center with a 7’6’’ wingspan. Add this, and Wizards nation would be smitten
This is where we begin our tour of the Wizards' past five drafts, the year 2008. Some call it the year when the glorious downward spiral began. Others have tried to forget its implications, and the player with the 7'6'' wingspan.
Either way, along with the other years mentioned in the slides to come, it went a long way towards shaping the team as it is today.