Continuing to count down the best moments of the 2010-11 season.
6. NBA All-Star Weekend
It had been three years since the Wizards had any form of representation All-Star Weekend. Though no members of the team made the game, John Wall and JaVale McGee provided the franchise with two participants in some of the ancillary festivities this February in Los Angeles. Wall came away as MVP of the Rookie Challenge, as he dished out a record 22 assists, including an incredible bounce-pass alley-oop that Blake Griffin dunked backward with two hands. McGee tried to become the first player in franchise history to win a slam dunk competition, but was overwhelmed by Griffin, who claimed honors when he brought out a choir which sang while he dunked over a car. McGee still represented well, as he dunked on two baskets and dunked with three basketballs. But he knew he never had a real shot to win the whole thing.
5. Kirk Hinrich trade(s)
Kirk Hinrich had an admittedly frustrating time in Washington, where the veteran guard was forced to be a part of the Wizards’ initial rebuilding efforts. But the Wizards certainly benefited from his arrival last June (he was acquired from Chicago along with rookie Kevin Seraphin and $3 million) and his exit in February (he was shipped to Atlanta for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round pick, which is 18th overall). The Wizards dealt Hinrich at the trade deadline — at halftime of an embarrassing loss in Philadelphia — and reaped the benefits shortly thereafter, as Bibby surrendered his entire $6.2 million salary next year in order to leave and sign with Miami. Crawford then became a revelation as he averaged nearly 20 points a game while starting for the injured Nick Young and Evans brought professionalism and a contagious competitive spirit.