Washington Wizards: 3 reasons for optimism heading into the future

Washington Wizards Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Wizards Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /
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NBA Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Despite an up-and-down season, there is still reason for optimism for the Washington Wizards. 

The Washington Wizards made headlines during the offseason when the team traded John Wall for Russell Westbrook. Through three-quarters of this season, it seems like that trade was more of a moving “our problem for your problem” deal with the Houston Rockets than a move to try and compete in the Eastern Conference (if we’re being honest).

Nevertheless, with less than 20 games remaining in the regular season the Wizards, with how up-and-down this season has gone, should be fairly happy that they’re just a couple of games out of the final spot in the Eastern Conference’s playoff play-in tournament.

That said, even though the goal for this season was likely making the playoffs, I don’t think anyone would categorize this season a success or failure simply based on that metric. In fact, you can make the argument that many have already labeled this season as a success or failure for the Wizards on a myriad of other factors.

Regardless, in an attempt to find some optimism in what has been a rollercoaster of a season, we explore three reasons why Washington Wizards’ fans should view this season as a success and have a positive outlook regarding this team’s future.