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What We Learned About Washington Wizards During Season's 1st Half
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The Washington Wizards are looking like a playoff team in this year's playoffs, but the first half of the season showed fans that the bench needs to improve if they want to make any sort of a deep run.

At this point, it seems obvious that the Washington Wizards are going to make the playoffs, but in the second half of the season, the focus will be on the team's bench. 

Sure, getting a sixth or seventh seed would give the team its first playoff berth since 2007-08, but the bench needs to step up its game if the Wizards want to finish in the top four or five in the conference. 

In the first half of the season, fans were treated to a mix of the good (Bradley Beal, John Wall and Trevor Ariza), the bad (the bench) and the ugly (also the bench). But all that has still gotten the Wizards to a 20-21 record at what is exactly the halfway point of the season for them.

Looking back on the first 41 games, the Wizards can feel good about what they've accomplished so far, despite still have a sub-.500 record and failing on multiple attempts to have a winning record for the first time since 2009. 

The starting five is playing incredibly well together when they're all healthy, and at least some of the bench players have been solid contributors to the Wizards. 

However, the bench is still a glaring weakness that showed the problems that still exist in Washington. 

 

Note: All stats used are as of Jan. 23 and are from NBA Stats unless otherwise noted.

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