I like how they gave Washington an excuse right off the bat.
"Frankly, Washington underperformed for much of the 2013-14 season. Too often the Wiz played down to the level of their competition, which resulted in 44 wins and the No. 5 seed (out of a tiebreaker with the No. 6 Nets) for a team that should have been in the running for third."
Yeah, bullshit. It's called they weren't that good enough to be competing for 3rd in the first place. And that's another thing... when were they in serious running to get 3rd last year ? They were supposed to make the playoffs by most people online, but 3rd ? They weren't winning their division and they weren't good enough to compete for 3rd.
Just looking over our EC Standings last year and where Washington was projected to rank:
bluerap - 10th
Qwyjibo - 7th
Jballer - 9th (2nd prediction 6th)
Grey Dawn - 6th
Chamberlain - 9th (2nd prediction 6th)
kmart - 9th
Legends - 10th
kwajo - 10th
And this hilarious. In the thread I run into Chris Manix of SI and he picked Washington 8th.
So much for running for 3rd
. Here's his explanation:
"The Wizards made some curious financial decisions this summer, giving point guard John Wall a five-year, $80 million extension a year before they had to and doling out a four-year, $22 million deal to small forward Martell Webster despite drafting Otto Porter just days earlier and already having Trevor Ariza. But this team should be fun to watch. A healthy Wall will steer what should be a potent up-tempo offense that will also feature shooting guard Bradley Beal, who improved as his rookie year progressed before a leg injury ended his season in early April. Washington went a respectable 24-25 when Wall returned from a knee injury last season. If Wall stays healthy (and shoots a little better from the perimeter), the Wizards should make the playoffs."
It's bad enough Washington got overrated this off season, but now there's revisionist history from last year.