We’re getting closer to Wizards’ training camp and the preseason. We’re also just one game away from the end of the Mystics’ season. So as one team’s season comes to an end, another team’s season begins.
So let’s get to the main storylines.
The Mystics are back in the Draft Lottery
The Mystics are 13-20 and officially bound for the 2017 WNBA Draft Lottery. Since they have 31 wins from the last two years and winning records against other lottery bound teams like the Sun and the Wings, Washington will end up with the lowest chance for the first pick in the draft. The San Antonio Stars are guaranteed the highest odds in the lottery.
To some of you, missing the playoffs is disappointing. But to me, I feel that the Mystics overachieved for three straight seasons, and this year, they’re starting to regress to the norm. As the only team without any Top-3 overall picks from any year, and the only team without a superstar (No, Emma hasn’t hit that level yet), it shouldn’t be a surprise that Washington was bound for a season like this. I would have rather seen this happen in 2013 and 2014 than now though.
I also get that the Mystics have been screwed over in many Draft Lotteries. But this time, they have the lowest odds anyway so we shouldn’t expect more than the fourth pick. Even if Washington only ends up with the fourth pick, it’s still better than what they have had over the past several seasons. So you can’t fret too much about it.
As for the game results:
They lost last Friday to the Storm 81-76, Sunday to the Fever, 80-73 but followed it up with a solid 75-62 win over the Liberty on the road. They sealed their lottery fate with a 94-91 loss to the Dream, also on the road.
For some more Mystics reading, SB Nation NBA’s Matt Ellentuck wrote up an analysis on Leilani Mitchell and the positive impact she’s made on the team.
I have a whole lot to say about the Mystics’ direction. We’re hitting a major point with a lot of players’ careers, and the draft lottery will happen during the playoffs. Once that happens, I will go in-depth on more of that stuff.
Come to the District Chophouse on Monday, October 3 for a Wizards Blog Panel!
WizardsXtra will host a bloggers panel along with Candace Buckner of The Washington Post at the District Chophouse in Washington. Besides WizardsXtra and ourselves, Truth About It, Wiz of Awes, and Hoop District will also be represented.
If you’re wondering which blogger will be on the panel, Nick Bilka has tentatively agreed.
Four Wizards make SI’s Top 100 NBA Players of 2017 list
John Wall is ranked higher (17th) than Kyrie Irving (25th). But Kyle Lowry (14th) now surpassed him. Marcin Gortat (55th), Bradley Beal (58th), and Ian Mahinmi (76th) also made the cut. Overall, I feel that the rankings are fair.
Other Wizards stories
- ThePGPhenomenon wrote about how the “John Wall-Bradley Beal feud” isn’t that big of a deal. For now.
- Former Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin gave some insight about his time with the Wizards. Most notably that he wanted out since his second NBA season.
- Alan and I came up with a list of things on a scale from 1 to 5 on the things Wizards fans hate. And a list of things they love.
- Jake was on At the Hive’s podcast which came out this week. Lyndie and Mike Sykes were on SB Nation NBA’s Limited Upside podcast with Mike Prada and Ben Epstein.
- Former Wizards player Josh Howard is now the head coach at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ben Mehic of Wiz of Awes chatted with Howard about his playing days and his coaching goals which you can read here.
- Shaun Powell of NBA.com wrote his Wizards preseason preview.
- Bobby Marks of The Vertical also has a preseason preview.
That’s all I have this week for the links, but these aren’t the only ones out there. If you have another link you’d like to share, feel free to do so in the comments or in a FanPost. Have a great weekend!