The Wizards/Bullets franchise last won a division title in 1979. None of last year’s starters were alive at the time.
It’s one thing not to win a league title in an organization with 20 or 30 teams. But for much of the past 35 years, Washington was competing against just four other teams in its division. And still, no banner.
With LeBron James’s departure from Miami, though, the Southeast Division suddenly appears wide open. Some online bookmakers say Washington has the best championship odds of any Southeast teams; others have the Wizards tied with the Heat for that honor. And players have taken note.
“We’re hoping to win the division now,” Marcin Gortat said on ESPN 980 Friday afternoon, before Chris Bosh re-signed with Miami. “Obviously we can’t forget about Charlotte, who’s a really good team too, [or] Atlanta, who’s a really good team. We’ve got to continue to just get better. The biggest goal for us is to get all the way to conference finals and hopefully NBA finals. We’re just trying to do better than we did last year, pretty much.”