By William Beal
The year was 1975, a little company named Microsoft had just been founded and head coach Randy Wittman was just starting his freshman year of high school . It was also the last time the Washington Wizards (uh, Bullets) started a season 6-2.
After losing the season opener to the Heat down a few men thanks to this, the Wiz have been hot, losing only to the Raptors.
They’ve done it behind the power of John Wall, averaging 20 points, 9 assists, and 2.6 steals through the first eight games. He also has five double-doubles already.
We’re also getting ever closer to the return of Bradley Beal.
While Garrett Temple filled in nicely in Beal’s absence, shooting 14 of 27 from three-point land in the first five games of the season, he has cooled down recently, shooting just 1 for 10 in the last three games.
The Wizards are also getting big contributions from a place they didn’t much last year; the bench. In separate games this season, Rasual Butler, Kevin Seraphin, and Otto Porter Jr. have added 18, 13, and 21 points, respectively, off the bench to contribute to wins.
We will find out a lot about this team in the coming weeks as the face off against the powerhouse Cavaliers team twice in six days, possibly with Beal returning in the first matchup.
So take a deep breath Wizards fans, and enjoy the moment. The season only gets more fun from here.