It wasn’t that long ago that the Washington Wizards were one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Wizards had the first pick in the NBA draft in 2010 and took point guard John Wall and from there they started looking like a playoff contender.
The outcomes were most certainly not immediate. The Wizards struggled for another three years before making the playoffs last season. In fact, they did win their first-round series in 2014, as they took cared the Chicago Bulls in only five games.
Now the Wizards are ready to take the next step in their development. On Sunday night Washington took care of the Toronto Raptors, sweeping them, winning 125-94, a blow out win. Now they are heading to the second round.
As the youth movement is unquestionably a huge part of what Washington has been doing since 2010, the contributions of veteran Paul Pierce cannot be overlooked. In the series, contrary to the Raptors, Pierce averaged 15.5 points per game. Even more than that, he’s provided this young team with doses of experience and confidence. Bradley Beal is also playing well for the Wizards. He had 23 points in game 4 and is another wave of young talent on this team.
The next phase for Washington would be to advance to the conference finals. At this time it would not surprise anyone if the Wizards do advance. The Wizards are playing as well as any team in the Eastern Conference at the moment. If they are able to continue to take action, they might end up competing for the ultimate prize very soon.