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Every media outlet has been pouring out information about our current presidential race, which can feel overwhelming to some people. As you can see, many of the articles in this Bison Issue are election-related. So, what better way to stay in the realm of the ¬†presidential campaigns than to talk about the Washington Wizards, located in our nation’s capital.

After a mediocre finish of 41-41 in the 2015-16 NBA regular season, the Washington Wizards made some drastic changes to better their chances of making the playoffs next year. During the off-season, the Wizards made an attempt to bring in another All-Star caliber player including Kevin Durant and Al Horford that could play alongside the franchise player, John Wall. After both players rejecting their offers to play, the Wizards shifted gears into rebuilding and solidifying their bench. Signing four year contracts with younger players such as Ian Mahinmi and Andrew Nicholson, as well as consolidating a contract with the well rounded-player Bradley Beal, the Wizards already look much stronger compared to last season. Though the starting line up did not change, the question of whether or not the new bench can execute team plays and mesh well with the current roster arises.

The most promising strategy for the Washington Wizards to succeed in the upcoming NBA season is to give John Wall all the support he can receive. Despite his agility, speed, and high basketball IQ, it was evident that there is only so much he can do himself to help his team win more games. Taking into consideration his two knee surgeries right after the regular season last year, Wall is expected to be not be at 100 percent physically, which will undoubtedly affect his performance in the beginning of the season. This means players including Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat will have to step up to the plate, and facilitate the game.