The Washington Wizards have a storied NBA history, including many different team
names. They have been called the Chicago Packers, Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore
Bullets, Capital Bullets, and Washington Bullets before they were named the
Washington Wizards in 1997. The team has won one NBA title, as well as four
conference titles and seven division titles. The last time they won anything was
the division and conference titles in 1979. Yet no matter where they have gone,
the Washington Wizards tickets have always sold well and fans have come in their
thousands to watch their favorite team.
The "Elvin Hayes Era" was the most successful time period for the the team and for
Washington Wizards tickets sales. Hayes was acquired in a stunning trade with the
Houston Rockets. He was joined by Wes Unseld and Dave Bing in a star studded
lineup. This propelled the team from nearly men to championship contenders. It did
not matter where they were, Chicago, Baltimore, or Washington, this was a period
of time when they were one of the elite NBA teams. The next ten years, from 1971-
1981, brought every title (barring one division title) that the team has won in its
history. The success culminated in a well won NBA championship in 1978.
While fans would keep coming for more Washington Wizards tickets and continued
to support the team, success on the court was not as forthcoming. Poor trades
and draft picks have been a story of the Wizards over the past 30 years. Their only
claim to fame during this period was the two years that Michael Jordon spent with
them from 2001-2003. While Jordan helped sell Washington Wizards tickets in high
quantities, it was evident that he was not the player from his Bulls days any longer.
They finished with 37-45 records in both seasons, despite Jordan playing every game
in the 2002-2003 season. He only managed to average 20 points a game, not good
enough to propel the team into playoff contenders.
12-6-13: After a rough 2-7 start to the season, the Wizards have finally found their stride. Their victories over the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic brought them all the way back to a .500 record. It is impressive that the Wizards have succeeded recently, especially since the team’s leading scorer Bradley Beal remains out for a few more weeks due a leg injury. John Wall has improved his passing, and his 9.2 assists per game rank second-best in the league this season. His health is very important for his team’s chances come playoff time. Wall is looking to play 70 NBA games in a season for the first time in his career and to bring the Wizards their first postseason appearance since 2008.
11-28-13: The Wizards are hot! Washington has won five of their last six games to improve their record to a respectable 7-8 on the year. John Wall and Nene are imposing their will on teams and reminding the league how good they are once healthy. Wall has averaged 30 points per game over the last four contests. It’s not all good news in D.C., as Bradley Beal has been ordered to sit out at least the next two weeks due to a stress injury in his right leg. While it’s not immediately clear the extent of his injury, the team is being overly cautious with Beal after last season’s injuries. Rookie Otto Porter Jr. (yes, he is actually on the team) practiced for the first time with the team this week and should make his debut sometime in the next few weeks.
11-22-13: After two straight wins, Randy Wittman’s hot seat went from flaming back to luke-warm. The Wizards, with playoff expectations, started the season an abysmal 2-7 before securing back-to-back wins against the Timberwolves and Cavs this week. At 4-7 and playing better basketball, the Wizards are trending upward. John Wall is distributing the ball to his playmakers and averaging a career high 9.7 assists and Nene and newly acquired Marcin Gortat are starting to learn how to defend together in the middle. After holding their own players only meeting, things seem to be improving at the moment.
Bradley Beal has come on strong in his second season, as he’s helped taken some scoring pressure off of star point guard John Wall and leads the team in scoring through three weeks. That hasn’t cured all of Washington’s ailments, however, as the Wiz have dropped four straight after starting at a solid 2-2.
11-8-13: It’s been a tale of defensive inability through four games to start the year for the Wiz, as they’ve gone just 1-3 and allowed over 100 points to their opponents in each contest. Some of that has to do with an unhealthy Nene Hilario, who has missed two games and needs to be healthy in order for Washington to compete at a high level. Point guard John Wall seems to be evolving before our eyes and is leading the Wizards in scoring and assists by a wide margin, but it will take more than stellar play from just Wall to turn the Wiz into a playoff contender.
11-1-13: After playing in all 66 games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, John Wall only was able to get on the court for 49 contests the following year. Wizards fans saw firsthand the effect that Wall’s absence had on their team: they won just five games without their star point guard last season. A healthy Wall could lead Washington to success in 2013-14, especially after the Wizards had a defense that was among the best in the NBA in 2012-13. Starting alongside Wall is Bradley Beal, who shined during the preseason with his outside shot. Another man who had a solid preseason was Marcin Gortat, who the Wizards acquired right before the regular season began.
10-31-13: Despite John Wall and Bradley Beal leading the Washington Wizards resurgence this season, the average ticket prices for the upcoming year are still down 1.72% from 2012-2013. Blame the Government. The game drawing the most interest in D.C. this season is the January 15th, 2014 game against the Miami Heat, with an average ticket price of $197.
2012-2013 Average Washington Wizards Ticket Price: $87.64
2013-2014 Average Washing Wizards Ticket Price: $86.13
10-26-13: The Wizards have traded traded ig Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick to the Suns for center Marcin Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall.
10-17-13: The Wiz have waived D’Or Fischer. The center had appeared in one game for the Wizards this preseason.
9-28-13: First round draft pick and 3rd overall pick, Otto Porter recently suffered a right hip flexor during a pickup game. He missed the Wizards first practice on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.
8-23-13: With John Wall officially handed the keys to the team, the Wizards are striving to make their first playoff appearance since 2008. The Wizards inked Wall to a 5-year, $80M extension over the summer, committing their future to the super quick PG. Washington will hope that their young backcourt duo of Wall and Bradley Beal will gel quickly with the number three overall draft pick, Otto Porter Jr, to propel them back to relevance. The biggest offseason gain for the Wizards comes in term of health – with Wall, Beal, Nene and Emeka Okafor finally healthy and ready to play together for a full season.
Washington opens their home season schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Miami Heat will visit the Verizon Center on Wednesday, January 15th and again on the final home game of the season, April 14th. The New York Knicks come to town on Saturday, November 23rd and the Brooklyn Nets visit twice, first on November 8th and again on Saturday, March 15th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Philadelphia 76ers
- November 26th – L.A. Lakers
- December 14th – L.A. Clippers
- January 11th – Houston Rockets
- January 15th – Chicago Bulls
8-2-13: Single game Wizards tickets go on sale to the public on September 6th.
8-1-13: The Wizards and point guard John Wall have agreed upon a five-year, $80 million extension.
7-1-13: Many have said that third overall selection by the Washington wizards Otto Porter is the most talented player in the draft. The 6'8 small forward has drawn comparisons to Tayshaun Prince. Porter average 16 points and seven rebounds per game last season at Georgetown. Any team would be happy with a 20-year-old athletic forward to put on the wing. Ironically Porter won't have to travel far to report to his NBA team With Georgetown Already located in the DC area. With John Wall Bradley Beal and now Porter, the wizards have a very good youth foundation that fans will want to come out and see play. Ticket price averages last season for the wizards were at $98 for their home games. As they continue to grow and get better ticket prices will certainly go up.
Wizards 2013 Draft Summary:
- Round 1, Pick 3: SF Otto Porter, Georgetown.
- Round 2, Pick 5 SF Glen Rice Jr., Rio Grande Valley Vipers (from 76ers).
- Round 2, Pick 24: Washington Wizards - PF Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon.
6-12-13: The Wizards have a very interesting roster moving forward. Missing star point guard John Wall for the large first part of the season really hindered any chances they had at making the playoffs. But when he return, Washington was a tough team to play, especially at home. With the 3rd overall pick in the draft and a young nucleus of Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards are sure to make noise in the near future. They also have veteran talent such a Nene and former NBA champion Trevor Ariza. Head coach randy Wittman will be looking for his young pieces to mature and commit to the defensive end if they want to start winning.
2-25-13: The Wizards have opened some eyes recently since the return of John Wall. At 18-37 they hold no threat to the East playoff race but recently they have been downing playoff teams they face at home. The Wizards are 13-9 since the return of Wall and are currently on a 3 game winning streak. During that stretch the Wizards have beaten the Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers, all impressive victories. Walla has without a doubt been the catalyst for this recent stretch averaging 14 points and 7 assists. Look for the Wizards and their 22 year old point guard to continue to build confidence under coach Randy Wittman in order to compete in the top eight next year.
11-26-12: The Wizards are the NBA’s only winless team. Coming close in their last game, an overtime loss to the Bobcats wasn’t good enough. The recent return of Power Forward Nene clearly hasn’t changed much. The Wizards are still without John Wall and still will be when they are home for the Blazers followed by a trip to New York to face the Knicks. This young team will continue to play hard for the time being but will also continue to struggle as the season goes along.