The Wizards' All-2010s team
Wizards All-2010s team
The 2010s for the Washington Wizards featured four playoff appearances, seven total All-Star nods, one All-NBA player and some of the best individual seasons in franchise history. Though it was a complicated decade with some extreme highs and lows, we watched some of the best teams the Wizards/Bullets franchise have produced since the 1970s.
With the decade coming to a close, here is a look at the best Wizards players of the 2010s. Here is our Wizards 2010s All-Decade team...
PG, John Wall
This was an easy choice. The first overall pick in 2010, Wall is a five-time All-Star and the only Wizards player to earn All-NBA honors during the last decade. He is also the only Wizards player to earn an All-Defensive team nod during that span. And along the way, Wall has set numerous franchise records while leading the team to four playoff appearances.
After all of the injuries he has dealt with the past three years, who knows what the next decade has in store. But there's no question he had a great 2010s.
SG, Bradley Beal
Like Wall, this is an obvious one. Beal isn't only the best Wizards shooting guard of the last decade, he is already one of the best players in franchise history. During this past decade, Beal made two All-Star teams, was a key component of four playoff runs and set several franchise records in the process.
Given Beal is still on the rise, and given he has committed to the team for the foreseeable future, it will be interesting to see where he ranks on the list for next decade and where he places among the best Wizards/Bullets players of all-time when it's all said and done.
SF, Paul Pierce
Pierce only played one season in Washington, but it was enough to crack the starting lineup. That one year left indelible memories from what was arguably the most fun season the Wizards have produced since the Gilbert Arenas days.
The numbers may not stand out. He only averaged 11.9 points and four rebounds per game. But Pierce was a joy to watch and hit a series of game-winners that will always be remembered in D.C., most notably his "I called game' heroics against the Hawks in the playoffs. Plus, his impact on Wall and Beal will last for the rest of their careers.
Maybe this will surprise some people, but power forward wasn't exactly a strength for most of the decade and Nene had some of his best years playing for the Wizards. He was a crafty scorer and a tough defensive player. Nene helped anchor the best defensive teams the Wizards had during the 2010s and was a starter on two playoff teams.
C, Marcin Gortat
Many Wizards fans - and some of his teammates - were ready for Gortat to leave by the time his tenure in Washington was over. But there is no arguing he was their best center of the decade and since he left, it should be easier to appreciate his impact.
He was a very durable and reliable rebounder and screen-setter. Gortat was never more than an average NBA center for the Wizards, but he did the dirty work necessary to help others reach their potential.
SF, Otto Porter
Porter took some time to get his career going, but once he did he developed into one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the NBA. He could also rebound and was a capable team defender. He never lived up to being the third overall pick or the max contract the Wizards gave him, but he was a solid rotation player who helped them make four playoff appearances in five years.
SF, Trevor Ariza
Ariza had two stints with the Wizards, one during his prime and one later on when his best days were behind him. During the first, he blossomed into a reliable three-point shooter for the first time in his career and gave the Wizards the best defensive wing they've had in a long time. Letting him walk in free agency proved to be a massive mistake. His second tenure was nowhere near as good, but all in all he would probably be the sixth man on a Wizards' All-Decade team.
PG, Tomas Satoransky
Satoransky's tenure in Washington was a complicated one. He began as a second-round draft pick and Euro-stash prospect. When he finally came over, he couldn't get minutes in Scott Brooks' rotation. Then, he turned a corner and became a solid starting point guard who ran the offense efficiently and worked in a developing three-point shot. He was the second-best point guard outside of Wall for the Wizards in the 2010s.
SF, Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre came over in draft-night trade in 2015 as a first-round pick and ended up getting traded before his rookie contract was over. His development as a player was fairly slow and chaotic, but by the time he left, he was a legitimate rotation player who still had an upside. He was a fan favorite for his on-court emotion and off-court personality. But the Wizards weren't sure if he would ever truly get it and traded him to Phoenix. Time will tell if they gave up on him too early.
PF, Markieff Morris
The Wizards paid a hefty price to bring in Morris in a 2016 deal with the Suns. They gave up a first-round pick as well as two veteran players (DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries). Morris helped the Wizards make the playoffs twice, but overall never reached his potential in Washington. There were great highs, like in the 2016-17 season when he became their X-factor. But he couldn't sustain that level and ended up departing in a salary dump deal after a slew of injuries.
C, Thomas Bryant
No, it is not too early to put Bryant on this list because he showed enough towards the end of the decade to establish himself as one of the best Wizards centers of the 2010s. Disagree? Consider whether you would rather have Bryant or JaVale McGee. Like, Wizards JaVale McGee. Yeah, it should be an easy answer. Bryant is still young and finding his way in the NBA, but is 2018-19 season was one to remember. He can score and rebound at a level few Wizards big men have been able to in many years.
PF, Antawn Jamison
Jamison is known more for his exploits in the previous decade, but he had a nice run at the start of the 2010s that is enough to get him on this list. In the winter of 2010, right before he got traded to Cleveland, Jamison averaged 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in 20 games. That's a small sample size, but the Wizards didn't have a single player in the 2010s other than him capable of putting up those numbers. So, he makes the list.
Honorable mentions: Martell Webster, Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee, Davis Bertans