The Wizards' spectacular December took them from basement dwellers to playoff contenders.
Here are a few remarkable facts from the past month.
On November 30, the Wizards were 12th in the Eastern Conference standings with a 6-11 record. On December 30, the Wizards are 6th in the East, in playoff position, with a 16-16 record.
Their 10 wins and five losses over the last month is better than all Eastern Conference teams except for the Cavaliers (11-4) and the Raptors (10-4), who are first and second in the standings, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Wizards have jumped the Magic, Pistons, Bulls, Bucks, Pacers and Knicks.
Sure, but the East is weak, you might say. Only five teams are above .500. But then look to the West.
Only three Western Conference teams have better December records than the Wizards: The Rockets (14-2), Spurs (12-2) and Warriors (12-3).
You'll notice that all of the squads having great months are at the top of their respective conferences except Washington, which just pulled to .500 on the season.
John Wall has been a great ball of fire the last 30 days. He's averaging 24.5 points, 10.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals in December. He's playing the best basketball of his career, as is backcourt running mate Bradley Beal (22 points, 4.1 assists).
And to top it all off, the Wizards bench chipped in 50 points (!) in Friday's win over the Nets.
Does this all guarantee that Washington is headed back to the playoffs? Of course not. But the Wiz kids are making up ground in leaps and bounds to get there.
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