The Wizards clinching their division and a playoff berth after beginning the 2016-17 season 2-8 is nothing short of amazing. It is, in fact, the biggest regular season turnaround from 2-8 in NBA history.

With their win over the Pistons in Detoit on Monday night, Washington became the first team ever to reach 49 wins after starting a season 2-8. They broke a tie with the 1992-93 Boston Celtics, who won 48 games after starting 2-8.

First, some notes on those Celtics. That was the first year they played without Larry Bird, who had retired in August before the season began. The roster still featured Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, though at Age 35 and 39, respectively. And Boston's first win after starting 2-8 just happened to come against the Bullets.

The Wizards' turnaround has been made possible by several things. For one, John Wall has fully recovered from his two offseason knee surgeries. In the first few weeks of the season he was on a minutes restriction and was not allowed to play both games of back-to-backs. He also was not in 100 percent game shape.

In the time since they were 2-8, the Wizards have improved their roster in a few ways. They traded for Bojan Bogdanovic at the deadline, they signed Brandon Jennings in free agency and they got Ian Mahinmi back from his own knee injuries.

Along the way Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat have played some of the best basketball of their careers. And several members of their bench have improved over the course of the season like Jason Smith and Kelly Oubre, Jr.


Head coach Scott Brooks also deserves lot of credit, of course. He saw the Wizards through some very tough times in his first year on the job.

Add it all up and the Wizards have turned a terrible start into history.

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