In basketball, we love highlights because these moments stick with us.
Let's go through ten notable plays throughout the last calendar year and talk a little about why they were memorable. We'll go through them in chronological order as opposed to ranking them arbitrarily.
January 19, 2015 - John Wall makes no-look pass to Marcin Gortat during Sixers matinee
Add another reason why Wall deserved to be part of State Farm's National Bureau of Assists here. It's not just that Wall made a no-look pass. But Wall also found a hole in the defense that no one else saw coming.
February 20, 2015 - John Wall won't let Kyrie Irving walk the dog
I appreciate the defensive intensity here, even with the Wizards getting blown out in this game from start to finish. Most players would have just let Irving pick up the ball. Wall, on the other hand, won't take plays off. Period!
March 6, 2015 - John Wall passes between the legs to a driving Marcin Gortat vs. the Heat
Wall and Gortat make a solid guard-center duo. Words can't even describe how I feel about this pass. Goran Dragic should have kicked the ball -- even if it's a violation -- just to stop play from happening...
Or was he actually trying to do just that?
March 18, 2015 - Nene dunks on Rudy Gobert
In a road game against the Utah Jazz, the Big Brazilian showed his might over the rising defensive star.
When he first came to Washington in 2012, I was often wondering why he didn't dunk more. But in the 2014-15 season, it seems that he did not hold back when he was close to the rim.
March 20, 2015 - John Wall makes a mid-air 360 layup around a hapless Matt Barnes
Wall isn't just one of the best passers in the NBA. He's also one of the most athletic scorers in fast break situations. In this play, Wall drove hard to the basket on the fast break while then-Clippers wing Matt Barnes got in position to take a charge. Instead, Wall jumped, performed a 360 jump around him, and made the subsequent layup.
To be fair to Barnes, he's a good perimeter defender and made a sound decision. When he is the only player left before the basket while an opponent is driving hard to made an easy score, he needs to be ready to take the charge. Most NBA players would have crashed into Barnes and get an offensive foul.
But Wall isn't most NBA players. Sometimes, sound decisions just aren't good enough.
May 9, 2015 - Paul Pierce calls game, beats the Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals
The Wizards were beating the Hawks by double digits for most of this game, but Atlanta tied the game 101-all with a Mike Muscala three-pointer with seconds left. After that, Paul Pierce did his thing and showed the NBA exactly what the emotion of winning a playoff game is all about.
That shot was certainly the height of the Wizards' 2014-15 season because it ultimately was their last win that season before losing three heartbreakers in a row, and the series as a whole.
October 11, 2015 - Otto Porter makes two defenders look silly in preseason game
Yeah, it's the preseason, but I didn't know Porter had THAT MUCH PLAYGROUND BALL IN HIM. He faked out one defender with the crossover, bounced the ball between another player's legs AND got the ball back to make a basket where he also got fouled.
In the words of Steve Buckhantz: Unbelievable, but in a good way.
November 3, 2015 - Bradley Beal hits game winner at home vs. the Spurs
After Tony Parker hit a game-tying three to make the score 99-all with seven seconds left, Bradley Beal made a game-winning and Papa John's Pizza clinching three to send the Verizon Center crowd home with a big win.
December 19, 2015 - John Wall gets a clutch block on Jeremy Lin in win over the Hornets
Is this the most athletic block I've seen Wall make? Nope.
But the Wizards are prone to getting into dicey situations late in games. Jeremy Lin was coming off a 35 point performance the previous Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors and scored 15 more points in this game.
He was also about to make a fast break layup that would have made the score 109-103 with just enough time left to keep things interesting. Fortunately, Wall put a stop to it.
If things remained interesting and the Wizards somehow lost this game, Washington would have ended up 10-15, and I'm not exactly sure if they would have been able to continue winning games like they had ben.
December 26, 2015 - Jarell Eddie makes four threes in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets
Earlier that week, Eddie was playing for the Austin Toros, the Spurs' D-League affiliate. What makes this performance remarkable wasn't that he made four threes and played in the D-League earlier that week.
Eddie did so by playing meaningful minutes in a game that the Wizards could have lost, he also grabbed four rebounds in the win against Brooklyn, AND this was his debut as an NBA player in a regular season game. Not a bad performance for an undrafted rookie, don't you think?