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Wizards complete biggest turnaround from 2-8 start in NBA history

Wizards complete biggest turnaround from 2-8 start in NBA history

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.

[RELATED: Tougher matchup for Wizards: Cavs or Celtics?]

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: