WASHINGTON — A funny thing has happened to the Golden State Warriors’ bench: It looks a lot like the 2009-10 Wizards’ bench.
Fans of the Wizards/Bullets franchise have long had to stomach players languishing in D.C. only to excel elsewhere later in their careers.
Chris Webber made one All-Star appearance while in Washington, before being traded to Sacramento, where he transformed into a legitimate superstar. Mitch Richmond, who landed in D.C. in that trade with a streak of six straight All-Star appearances, never made another ASG.
And then there was the 2004 Pistons, who united four former Wizards — Darvin Ham, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace — en route to an NBA title. Former Wizard (and Northern Virginia native) Hubert Davis also played three regular season games for that squad.
The latest stomach-churning knot in this tale manifested on Wednesday, when the Warriors added another piece to their championship caliber bench: former Wizards draft pick Nick Young.
If you’re keeping track at home, Shaun Livingston, Nick Young and JaVale McGee — all members of the 2009-10 Washington Wizards — could round out the defending champion Golden State Warriors’ bench.
What a time to be alive.