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The Best of Bullets Forever Part 3: Our favorite FanPosts & miscellaneous posts from 2016

We finish up our 2016 round up with our staff’s favorite FanPosts and miscellaneous pieces.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Part 3, the final part of our Best of Bullets Forever 2016 series. In Part 1, we recapped the calendar year based on major storylines. And in Part 2, we gave our staff’s picks on some of the best Wizards and Mystics stories from the year that was. In this final part, we’ll give our staff’s favorite FanPosts and other miscellaneous topics.

Best FanPosts

New York Knicks v Washington Wizards Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Blogs are two-way conversations between writers and commenters. We aren’t the only ones who create posts. You can too! If something really catches my eye, we’ll put it on the front page and our hub.

I would love to list every fronted FanPost here, but in the interest of time, here were some of the best ones we saw over the course of the year:

International Basketball

USA Select Team v United States
Stefanie Dolson (back row, center) played in one of the biggest near-upsets in all of international basketball last year when she suited up for the USA Select Team.
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
  • 3 things we learned when the USA Basketball women’s select team almost beat the national team (Albert Lee) - One of the stories that few knew about the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team was that the Select Team at the time beat the National Team in a closed-door scrimmage. It proved to be a pivotal moment to draw the “A Team” together and they ultimately won the Gold Medal in the Olympics. The 2016 women’s team is as close to a “Dream Team” as you’ll get, and they played a Select Team (with Mystic Stef Dolson) who gave them a big test on national TV though they lost 88-84 on July 25, 2016. Dolson unfortunately didn’t do much, so it became more of a general recap. Not to brag, but this piece received quite a bit of web traffic over the next few days.
  • John Wall and Bradley Beal will have a tough time making the 2020 Team USA Olympic team (Albert Lee) - The 2016 USA Basketball men’s national team was a flawed group, but they managed to bring home a third consecutive gold medal. Both Wall and Beal were finalists for the national team, but face an uphill battle. Some players like Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry left open the possibility of returning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. And Beal’s chances of making the team may be less than Wall’s because he was offered a chance to be on the team last June — and turned it down.
  • Taking a look at Aaron White's performance in Germany [during the 2015-16 season] (Quentin Rosborough) - The Wizards’ 2015 second round pick is currently playing for Zenit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Last season, he played for Telekom Baskets Bonn of the Basketball Bundesliga in Germany, where he has came into his own as a playmaking power forward. It remains to be seen as to when he’ll make the jump to the NBA, but the good news for White is that he’s playing meaningful minutes in competitive European leagues which should help him become more NBA ready before long.

Miscellaneous things

Stewart W. Small

Last but not least, here were our favorite “random” pieces from 2016.

  • How to talk to your family at Thanksgiving about the Wizards’ early struggles (Nick Bilka) - If you were with extended family on Turkey Day, this guide would have been handy. I still haven’t gotten over Warshington ... and why some pronounce our city that way.
  • Emma Meesseman is a rockstar in her hometown of Ieper, West Flanders (Albert Lee) - To most Americans and even Mystics fans, Emma Meesseman is just a quiet Belgian player. But in her hometown of Ieper, West Flanders, she’s a rockstar among the youth. There’s a video interview of her which is about her background. But that interview is in Dutch (one of Belgium’s three official languages) and without subtitles.
  • Marcin Gortat reaches out to young Wizards fan with an apology (Albert Lee) - Kevin is a young Wizards fan who lives near Philadelphia. Marcin Gortat is his favorite player on the team. Unfortunately, when he saw the Wizards lose to the 76ers on November 16 (the same game Dan the Bullets Fan attended), he cried. TV cameras caught his emotions while his parents were unable to console him. Consequently, Kevin became an internet meme for Wizards nation. But afterwards, it appeared that he and his mother were feeling a little better. Awwwww!
  • Al Horford would be a great fit for the Wizards because he is good at (almost) everything (L.W.) - This post was written a little before the 2016 free agency officially start, and a little before the Wizards were Horford’s first (or maybe second) choice ... at the time. He isn’t a superstar ... like DeMarcus Cousins. But there’s little doubt that he would have found a way to mesh with Wall, Beal, and Gortat.
  • Why Amsterdam should be considered if/when the NBA goes to Europe (Albert Lee) - The NBA would like to have teams in Europe sometime in the future. If we create a European division, there are a lot of usual suspects in the west like London, Paris, or Madrid. Some Eastern European cities like Athens, and Istanbul have more established basketball traditions, but they’re in economically or politically unstable areas. That’s when the Netherlands’ capital becomes very attractive, despite the NBA’s lack of investment in the Benelux, which includes Belgium and Luxembourg. A fair number of Dutch basketball fans shared that piece on social media, and many of them are Wizards fans too!

Okay, this piece is already way too long. But I really enjoy reading the content on this site very day. And believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the great pieces we wrote over the past year.

Are there any other pieces besides these that caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks to all of the great writers at BF for making 2016 a success on the pixels front. 2017 will be even better!