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Team Previews: Washington Wizards 2013-14

Ken Crites

Ken Crites

Ken was an early RotoWire contributor back in the 90ís. He now returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet him at @KenCrites or e-mail him at ken@rotowire.com. Ken is also the reigning RotoWire "NBA Drive To The Finals" champion - boom!

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
It's time for the Washington Wizards to earn some respect. Owner Ted Leonsis certainly thinks so. "I think that all of our focus, all of our attention, is to make the playoffs this year," said Leonsis at a preseason press conference. He went on to announce, "I would say that is the first light that gets turned on, to be able to say that your rebuild is a success or not." It's been a painful rebuild, with the team going 72-158 since they drafted John Wall in 2010. In fact, the formerly-known-as-the-Bullets squad has the longest active drought of a 50-plus win season at 34 seasons and counting. Yep, 34. But with Wall having just signed a new five-year extension, and remembering that the team went on a 20-15 tear last year after Wall's return, there are finally real reasons for optimism in Washington.

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