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Wizards results: Fan confidence doubles up to 39 percent!
In last week’s survey, fan confidence was at 18 percent despite a 3-1 record in the team’s games the previous week before those results could be counted. This week, results went up to 39 percent. While this doubles Wizards fan confidence from the week before, it’s telling that Wizards (or any team’s) fans’ confidence doubles.
Admittedly, I think that BF readers are likely more skeptical about the team improving for the better in the long-term future than the average fan. But BF readers, in particular those who are commenters, are also harder core fans than the average man or woman on the street. Do you think that a hardcore Wizards fan wants to say that he or she has no confidence in the team DESPITE AN EIGHT-GAME WINNING STREAK?
I will be the first person to say that I still am not confident in the Wizards’ direction, voted accordingly, and am not voting in this way in hopes of seeing the team lose. I would rather see this team be a perennial winner, but I just don’t see it happening in the long term with the current roster AND coaching staff.
While I personally am still giving a vote of no confidence in these surveys, I’m not dead set on giving these votes for the heck of it. And I’m certainly not mandating that readers vote the same way. After decades of “mediocrity as a goal” basketball, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Wizards fans are as disaffected as they are in my opinion.
National Results: Fans think Nikola Jokic should be the NBA MVP
In our national results this week, fans believed that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic should be this year’s NBA MVP. He is averaging a near triple-double of 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.4 assists while Denver is also 44-22 in games played as of May 5. Since Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal aren’t choices (and the Wizards are doing worse in the standings anyway), I’m not opposed to this choice to be honest.
LeBron James, despite his recent injury, is still the best player in the world
There were multiple choices in this survey, but 27 percent of the respondents nationwide thought that the Los Angeles Lakers star was the best player in the world, even though he’s recovering from ankle injuries and is now ... 36 years old. I picked Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the world. At least to me, the best player in the world is the one who is the best individual player at any time.
Fans believe Chris Paul is the biggest impact player to his new team
In our last national question of the week, 84 percent of respondents thought Chris Paul and his addition to the Phoenix Suns was the biggest among all players. I don’t disagree since the Suns are second in the Western Conference this season after only making the bubbble. And last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder were still a playoff team with Paul, who had a one-year stint there.
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