At the beginning of the season, who would have thought that a group of 30-year-olds would be a big reason for the Washington Wizards' success?
Everyone knew about the young guns on the roster, but it would have been tough to expect Al Harrington, Andre Miller (who started out the year in Denver) and Drew Gooden (who wasn't even on a team when the season started) to make the difference.
The Wizards now consist of young starting talent—mainly John Wall and Bradley Beal—and a strong veteran bench.
Going forward, though, will the Wizards continue to lean on these veterans, or will they go back to focusing on the younger (at least compared to Gooden) players?
That's why it's important to rank the players with only a few weeks left in the regular season. Washington needs to know who it can rely on down the stretch to lock up a playoff seed and what the rotation should be in the postseason.
These rankings will take into account each player's whole body of work, but because of the recent emergence of the veterans, recent performance will weigh heavily.