According to the internet’s most popular life ruiner (which is REALLY saying something), the Washington Wizards are not supposed to win the 2012 NBA Championship. They’re neck and neck at the bottom with the worst of the worst, holding 150:1 odds alongside Jimmer mania in Sacramento, Ricky Rubio (mania?) in Minnesota, hopeful depression in Cleveland, and near revolt in Charlotte. The only team deemed less likely to win a championship is the Toronto Raptors, which is…sad. Of all the teams listed here, one common theme runs through them all: inexperience; each team entrenched in what feels like a never ending plan to get better.
The Wizards, for unbiased reasons altogether, seem like they’re a step above the others though, don’t they? While the four teams sharing Washington’s dreadful odds have suspect futures, the Wizards have an ace in their back pocket. John Wall is as sure a soon-to-be superstar as anyone in basketball right now. The type of player who could twist a franchise in the right direction if the correct pieces are placed at his feet. He’s expected to succeed.
Not that he’s Derrick Rose, or Washington DC is Chicago, but quick transformations can happen when things fall into place. Sacramento, Minnesota, Charlotte, and Cleveland are all trying desperately to find their own guy to drag them away from the laughter, and for all we know he may already be on their rosters. But the Wizards are confident in what they have. Their odds to win a championship may be astronomical now, but two years from today, they’ll be riding Wall’s shoulders, distancing themselves from the league’s underground prison.