before everyone bashes me and says there is no way the wizards can make the playoffs, hear me out.
with the season starting as bad as it has, the wizards are only 4.5 games out of the 8th spot. yes, it's only been a quarter of the season, so you might be thinking that's the explanation for them being so close. that is part of it, but at the same time, the 8th place team is the bucks with an 8-11 record. it does not appear that the 8th place team this year will need a winning record to make the playoff. the current teams above the wizards are the bucks, cavaliers, knicks, nets and raptors. i believe stephen jackson is out for the bucks and i know andrew bogut is out for awhile, so they will probably start losing games. they beat the lakers last night, but the lakers are not even in the playoffs right now. the cavaliers are an ok team, so i'm kind of worried about them since they have played some good teams very tough. the knicks are a horrible team. they have a lot of individual talent, but not a good team. unless baron davis can get them in check, i don't see them as being a threat. the nets should not be a threat unless they start doing work when brook lopez comes back. the raptors just suck, so they are not a threat. i like what randy wittman has done so far. yes, the wizards got blown out by the rockets, but wittman has been holding players accountable for their actions and i like how he has given players specific things to work on. also, depending on what orlando does with dwight howard, they could possibly slip and there could be two playoff spots up for grabs rather than just one. javale mcgee getting in early foul trouble really hurt the team in the rockets game, so if he can stay out of foul trouble and ronny turiaf can stay healthy, then the wizards have a realistic chance of getting the eighth spot.