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I remember the feeling the day of the lottery, it was May 18th 2010 and the Washington Wizards won one of the biggest prizes in sports, the #1 pick in the NBA lottery. I sat in my chair with an enormous smile on my face; it was a no-brainer the Wizards were going to get John Wall.
The Wizards were going to begin the process of being relevant again.
He had not even taken a shot in the NBA, yet the stage was set. John had the weight and expectations of the most impatient city in sports on his shoulders.
Wall came out early and dominated Summer League, averaging 23.5 points, 7.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in just over 32 minutes per game. Wall set his expectations high instantly.
He finished his first season averaging over 16 points per game and over 8 assists per game. And he probably would have gotten rookie of the year if it was not for 2nd year rookie Blake Griffin.
The next season was more of the same; John played in 69 games and literally had the exact same statistical line. The Wizards even seemed to surprise a lot of people by unloading garbage players such as Nick Young, JaVale McGee, and Ronny Turiaf for Nene in a 3-team trade involving the Denver Nuggets and L.A. Clippers.
So the result of those key injuries is what we are currently watching: Beal is struggling to adjust to the NBA, there is no rhythm on offense, and the Wizards are a national laughing stock being the only team left in the NBA without a win and have no upcoming games on the schedule where they have a chance to change that.
So I am left with a very different feeling then the one I began with, a feeling that has become all to familiar to D.C. sports fans.