The perception of the Wizards from the outside and within their own locker room at the midway point of this 2017-18 season perhaps says a lot about how the expectations are higher than they have been for this franchise in quite some time. After 41 games, exactly the halfway point, the Wizards are 23-18. Over the course of a full 82-game schedule that would amount to 46 wins. Considering that this team has only won 46 games or more twice since the 1978-79 season, that’s not bad at all. But the Wizards have reached a new era where simply being good isn’t good enough. When asked to grade the first half, head coach Scott Brooks and his players all offered marks within the C to B range. What held them back from As is the fact they have lost many games they feel they should have won.
Storyline: Washington Wizards Turmoil?
Take those truths together, and you’re left with this reality: Beal somehow needs to encourage more people to vote for him. Without, um, talking. He has endorsed that platform, too. Both Beal’s agent and his team have asked him to use his social-media reach to ask fans for more votes. He has declined, making only one exception: for a video starring real-life pandas — one of his nicknames — accompanied by various panda-power get-out-the-vote captions. That, he thought, seemed corny enough not to offend. Good luck getting him to go further than that.