The second batch of NBA FanPulse results are out! One question focused on Washington Wizards fans specifically and the next on NBA team parity.
Wizards Results: Most of you aren’t confident that the team’s heading in the right direction
In Washington, we are taught to be skeptical about everything. In the nation’s capital and the hub of everything politics, that’s understandable. So I guess that I’m not surprised that most of you don’t think the Wizards are headed in the right direction. Only 40 percent of you have confidence in the team.
I believe the question offered three choices, Yes, No and Undecided. So I’ll say that there’s a neutral to positive belief on the direction of the team. The survey came out before Wednesday’s home opener against the Houston Rockets, but I also don’t think that fans’ confidence really changed in one direction or another.
If you are confident in the Wizards’ direction, you are very pleased with rookie forward Rui Hachimura’s and reserve center Moritz Wagner’s performances so far. Even Isaiah Thomas has found his “Celtic touch!” You like the passion this team is showing on the court despite the fact that they are 1-3 against an admittedly brutal stretch to start the season.
You may even like seeing the ... “Mysticization” of the Wizards now that everyone’s together with Monumental Basketball. The Wizards are trying to shoot more threes like this year’s WNBA champions did. They are passing the ball to each other more often like them too. No Wizards player seems to let his ego get in the way. It’s really fun watching this season’s squad.
Now if you’re skeptical, it’s important to note that bad teams often get broken down as the losses pile up. If the Wizards keep losing close ones, they could eventually lead to a long stretch of blow outs.
You may also be skeptical about the fact that Tommy Sheppard, Ernie Grunfeld’s longtime lieutenant is running shop. Maybe he’s just Ernie with a PR-friendly smile. And finally, Scott Brooks coached the Wizards through the last several years as they declined and preferred seeing the Wizards play in a different way than they are now, so far.
This is still very early. As the season goes on, we’ll have a better understanding of how confident fans are feeling, so keep voting!
National Results: NBA fans prefer parity over superteams and dynamic duos
This week, SB Nation also asked all FanPulse voters their thoughts on the types of teams they prefer. Do they like parity from top to bottom? Do they like the dynamic duos featuring tandems like James Harden and Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets or Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers? Or do fans like superteams like the Golden State Warriors for most of the 2010s?
SB Nation FanPulse voters nationwide responded emphatically that they prefer parity. In fact, over 60 percent responded that way.
There is a side of sports fans that appreciate dominance of certain teams. But at the end of the day, everyone wants to see their favorite team have a puncher’s chance at a title. That’s what fair play is all about!
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