Are Washington Wizards Fans Among The NBA's Most Rewarded?

Are Washington Wizards Fans Among The NBA's Most Rewarded?
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

The Washington Wizards have gotten off to a 3-4 start for the 2022-23 campaign, led by the efforts of guard Bradley Beal and forward Kyle Kuzma. 

Searching for its first playoff berth since the 2020-21 season and its first playoff series win since the 2016-2017 season against the Atlanta Hawks, can the trio reenergize both a fanbase and Virginia sportsbooks yearning for a second NBA title in 45 years? developed a ranking system of all 30 NBA teams to find what fanbase has been rewarded the most over the last 11 seasons, and the Wizards have work to do. 

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Methodology Across NBA Fanbases

The first category “Minutes Spent Per Win” was determined by taking the amount of regular season games played by each team (from 2011-12 season to 2021-22 season) multiplied by the average length of an NBA televised game (2 hours, 13 minutes). 

Once we calculated that number, we divided it over the number of wins during those same seasons to arrive at the final amount. The final amount represents the number of minutes watched by fans per regular season win over the last 11 seasons. 

Washington ranked just outside the top 20, coming in at No. 21 with 289 minutes, six less than No. 20 Philadelphia and No. 22 Brooklyn (295). 

The second category “Points Deducted for Playoff Success” was utilized to decipher the value of seeing playoff success during those 11 seasons gathered in the first category. The point values were 1 point per playoff berth, 3 points per playoff series win, 3 points per NBA Finals appearance, and 15 extra points for NBA Championship win.

After adding all the points together for every postseason from 2011-12 season to 2021-22 season, the points were deducted from Category 1 to arrive on the final points & rankings. 

The Wizards posted 14 points for an overall total of 275 points. 

Past Playoff Appearances, DraftKings Futures

Since 2010-11, the Wizards have made the Eastern Conference Semifinals just three times, all resulting in losses (2016-17: Boston Celtics in seven games; 2014-15: Atlanta Hawks in six; 2013-14: Indiana Pacers in six). 

At BetMGM VA, the Wizards are the third choice to win the Southeast Division at +1100, behind the Hawks (+110) and favorite Miami Heat (-115). 

To win the Eastern Conference, Washington is located in back of the pack at +11000 and to capture the NBA Championship, listed at +18000.



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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