They play in the Verizon Center, a building appropriately nicknamed "The Phone Booth." Their most prominent symbol is dc with the top of the d shooting a basketball into the air. Their alternate symbol is a basketball with the Washington Monument carved into the center. They are possibly the blandest and least marketable of the 30 NBA franchises, and their slowly ascending the Eastern Conference standings. They are the Washington Wizards, and tonight they have the chance to be one of only three teams in the East to own a winning record, the others being Miami and Indiana.

Whatever success the Wizards have had this year has come with little to no fanfare. On Monday night, in a victory at home against Orlando, the paid attendance at the Verizon Center was just over 12, 000, but anyone who was there knows this number was inflated, given how empty the arena was. There are times during every Wizards game where you'd swear you can hear a pin drop if it fell.


The roster itself has a bland persona to it. Their most talented player, John Wall seems to be about interesting off the court as a wall. Every night, Wall takes the court for shoot-arounds with a characteristically blank expression on his face.

Bradley Beal, their other top player, has a boring name to go along with a quietly refined game, that includes one of the best shooting strokes in the game, but manages to garner very little media attention.


This team seems to suit the city of Washington perfectly. The Wizards, straying as far from the public eye as could possibly be conceivable for NBA club, are quietly becoming competitive again. The only question is, when will people in D.C. start to notice.

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