Many people may say, "excitement doesn't win games" or "excitement doesn't get you to the playoffs", but excitement lets the nation know who you are.
If you look at the LA Clippers last year, they were a bad team, but every time they played, it was must-see TV. The excitement of the team made fans think of dunks first when Clippers came into their minds other than a lottery team that does nothing but dunk.
I personally believe that the Washington Wizards will give the LA Clippers a run for their money when it comes to the NBA's most exciting team. Here are five players who almost guarantee the Wizards name to be on SportsCenter every week.
Most of the excitement surrounding Jordan Crawford comes from the reputation he has for dunking on Lebron James at his own camp. He also put on a show in the 2009-10 NCAA tournament when Xaiver played their hearts out against Kansas State.
His changes of pace when attacking the rim resembles in a similar form of the MVP Derrick Rose. Of course, he isn't the same athlete as Rose, but he is still an athletic player. I'm not sure if he is a starter on this team due to Nick Young blowing up last season, but he is sure to give the bench some positive fire.
Nick Young became one of the few Wizards who made a name for himself, especially after the departure of Gilbert Arenas. Since this article is about excitement, I'm not even going to go into Nick Young's overall game. Right now, Nick Young gets buckets. Point blank. Period.
And most basketball fans that I know love to see a player light it up on the scoreboard, whether the team is winning or losing. The thing that makes Young even more exciting is the way he scores, he has made his 360 layups a signature move in his arsenal. The hairdo also gives him a plus on the excitement scale.
One would think that McGee would be No. 1 on this list, but if you watch a full game of him playing, you will see numerous mistakes from McGee trying to make every play an exciting one. McGee seems to be getting stronger every year for the Wizards, and his production has gone up every season. The stronger his body gets, the more exciting plays fans will see every night.
All the hype of his dunking abilities soon made McGee a very popular player in the league, which eventually led to him getting an invite to the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, where he lost to Blake Griffin in the Finals. He isn't "Dwight Howard" exciting, but he should be halfway there if he keeps working hard.
Now if only he could find that missing screw in his brain...
The European Blake Griffin, so they say.
He became a popular name on draft night because of the long kiss he gave his girlfriend the moment David Stern called his name up on the podium. If you have watched any of his games overseas, you would notice that he isn't the primary scorer, and the offense doesn't run through him. Although, despite all of that, he is still a crowd favorite and received a standing ovation from all the fans of Partizan.
He got the ovation because the fans are now going to miss the main reason why they bought the tickets in the first place, to see Jan Vesely dunk on someone.
Vesely played in a league that is in between the skill level of college and the NBA, so he played against players who were better overall than the players in the NCAA, which is the main reason why he was called the most NBA-ready international prospect. Expect his name to show up on ESPN's Top 10 weekly when or if the next NBA season starts.
John Wall is the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 draft, what isn't exciting about that?
No matter how many dunks McGee or Vesely may have, they still don't show the same excitement that John Wall displays on the court. The minute Wall came out of the introductions of the first home game at the Verizon Center doing the dougie, I quickly said to myself, "This should be an exciting season."
And I wasn't disappointed.
Wall had a couple of nagging injuries in the middle of the season that held him back from doing the same electrifying dunks that he did in college, but watching him weave in and out of traffic on a fastbreak with his blazing speed always has fans on the edge of their seats.