Leonsis wants Wizards to push for playoffs
One Las Vegas odds maker projects the Wizards into the playoffs and a second place in the Southeast division. Meanwhile the LVH Superbook set Washington's over/under for wins this season at 42.
What does the team owner think of such victory total projections? Eh, not much.
"I've been around enough now to know no one knows nothing," the playoff-seeking Ted Leonsis cracked during his press conference last week.
Based on recent history, the locals are in if Vegas is spot on. Over the last five seasons, 38, 35, 37, 41 and 39 wins earned the eighth and final berth in the Eastern Conference.
The last time the franchise won even 30 games came in 2007-08 when the Eddie Jordan-coached Wizards finished with 43, the fourth straight season with at least 41 wins.
"We haven’t won 40 games in a long, long time," Leonsis said. "Now we’ve had huge improvements. You have to remember when I bought the team, we won 19 games. And so, 42 games, that would be terrific. But we shouldn’t make any forecast, because that’s a lot of wins. We were a very, very good home team for the second half of the season. And we have to continue to build upon that."
As for 50 victories, not since the 1978-79 squad and defending NBA champions won 54 before losing to Seattle in the league finals.
"This team hasn't won 50 games," Leonsis said of the current edition. "That's obviously the long-term hope and plan that we would be a really good team. Fifty wins is kind of a demarcation of a team that is a legitimate contender."