NBA: The Washington Wizards' Top 10 Plays of the Year
For the Wizards, this season was just step one of the rebuilding process, but they advanced further than most would have thought. They got rid of the presence of Gilbert Arenas, found a permanent piece to the rebuilding puzzle in John Wall and found some great veteran leadership in Rashard Lewis and Maurice Evans. With all of that, the Wizards still manage to find themselves in the lottery yet again. As stated earlier, however—it's a process.
Now that the season has moved on to the postseason, it's time to reflect on all of the great plays by the Wizards. Although they didn't get much in the win column, they still put on a show almost every night.
Honorable Mention: Al Thornton's Throw Down on Zaza
This gets honorable mention also, due to the fact that he is no longer a Washington Wizard. However, this dunk is definitely one of the best in the league this year. This move looks like a dunk you would only see on a video game. Thornton basically broke his back in order to slam it through with that much authority.
Honorable Mention: D-League Call-Up, Steps Up
Cartier Martin, who the Wizards' called up from the D-League in the previous season, barely got a nick of playing time in this game—where he eventually ended up saving the game by his clutch shot. This shot was in the beginning of the season, which gave Wizards' fans a lot of hope that brighter days were coming.
That didn't really happen, but that's beyond the point.
Following an unfortunate injury, Martin was recently waived by the Wizards to get cap space to sign another D-League call-up, Larry Owens.
9. Nick Young's 360 vs. Lakers
Nick Young is on his contract year for the Wizards this year and definitely took notice as this team's most improved player. Young had Lamar Odom lost as he spun around him in mid air and received some love from the LA faithfuls.
8. McGee's Two Consecutive Blocks on a Pair of Heatles
JaVale McGee actually got his name out into the spotlight by participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest against Blake Griffin, but he is also a top tier shot-blocker in the NBA. McGee didn't back down as both Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade tried to dunk on him and actually sat them down on the court to make them think twice about rising up on a player like McGee.
7. Jordan Crawford's Mixtape
Every basketball fan remembers when AND-1 mixtape tours used to come on ESPN; well, it seems as if Jordan Crawford remembers as well. After showing good defensive awareness by blocking Baron Davis' shot, Crawford grabbed the ball and immediately did a spin move to avoid Davis' attempt at a steal. On his way down the court, he passed it to trailing big man Andray Blatche between the legs, and Blatche finished with a slam.
This is the fast-paced type of basketball the Wizards should play all the time.
6. JaVale McGee Remembers the Rob from the Slam Dunk Contest Pt. 1
JaVale McGee once again shows his fearlessness when protecting the basket, as Blake Griffin attempts to finish after a great pass by Chris Kaman. This block was more about it being Griffin then it being JaVale blocking someone.
5. John Wall Buzzer Beater Against the Mavericks
Luck was on Wall's side as he shoots an off-balanced buzzer beater off the glass going into halftime. Shockingly, he just went straight to the locker room after that shot and showed no emotion, which is very un-Wall-like.
4. JaVale McGee Remembers the Rob from the Slam Dunk Contest Pt. 2
Usually people are so attracted to the NBA's new poster child Blake Griffin because of his dunking ability and amazing plays he makes nightly. Whenever he gets dunked on, however, it gets little recognition. JaVale McGee actually out-jumped Griffin to throw it down over his head!
3. JaVale McGee's Dunk on Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver, just sit down!
That's probably what JaVale McGee said while staring Korver down as he tried to undercut him on the alley-oop play. Obviously the referees were hyped up about the dunk as well, because McGee should got a technical foul for taunting.
2. JaVale McGee's Dunk Show on MLK Day
When NBA players play in daytime games, they tend to be sluggish with their bodies trying to adapt to playing so early. JaVale McGee woke everyone up with this dunk. Wall and McGee have chemistry that goes back to the Summer League days and have always connected for highlight plays. Wall seems to have a lot of faith in McGee, with him throwing the lob pass almost at the volleyball line. McGee had to alter his body as he put Raja Bell on a poster.
1. Nick Young's 360 vs. Mavericks
This play was underrated, yes it got a lot of hype when it first happened but if this was Kobe or Lebron it would've been the best play of the year. Nick Young's athleticism is through the roof and so is his luck, it should have been a foul on the play as well but we will take it as it is.