Wizards Set for Mainstream Exposure This Season August 4th, 2014 at 1:40 PM
By Matt Graber
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While the NBA schedule has yet to be released, reports of potential matchups are starting to leak. Surprisingly, the Washington Wizards appear to have earned a spot in one of the season's marquee games. Frank Isola is reporting that the Wizards and New York Knicks are set to square off on Christmas Day, one of the most coveted dates on the NBA calender. Not bad for a team that hasn't played on national TV in years. While Wizards-Knicks is hardly a must-see event, the fact that the Wizards earned a Christmas Day game speaks volumes about their recent success and hints that the Wizards could be headed for some mainstream exposure.
In a few short years, the Wizards gone from laughingstock to contender and now stand as one of the most exciting and intriguing young teams in the league. They haven't gotten this much exposure since the days of Gilbert Arenas and DeShawn Stevenson. The difference is that this time the Wizards are in the news for their on-court exploits rather than off court drama. By upsetting the Bulls and reaching the Eastern Conference semis, the Wizards entered the national spotlight and made fans eager to see what they can do next.
The Wizards have what it takes to become one of the more prominent teams in the NBA
. They have two young stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal that have the potential to become one of, if not the best back courts in the league. Marcin Gortat is one of the most unique and eccentric personalities in the league. Between Gortat, Kevin Seraphin's love of snakes and Drew Gooden's hair, their front court alone should keep fans entertained. Paul Pierce is a future Hall of Famer who still carries a lot of star power and recognition. And DC is a major market that is quickly becoming a free agent destination.
The Wizards will be favored to beat the Knicks, and an impressive victory can serve as a showcase game in front of a large TV audience. If Wall and Beal continue to develop, Gortat keeps on being his entertaining self, and the team makes another deep playoff run, the Wizards may just become Christmas day regulars.
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