This season won't be accurately or fully measured by the number of packed houses or winning streaks, by all-star appearances or playoff home dates. Progress for the Washington Wizards is going to come, almost certainly, in small doses, in subtle ways. Primarily, the success of the Wizards' season depends on the evolution of John Wall.
By the time the Wizards become a threat to make or advance in the playoffs, most of the players who were Wall's teammates Tuesday night, in his home regular season debut for the team that made him the overall No. 1 pick in the draft, will be long gone. That's the necessary reality of the NBA. Check the difference in the Cleveland Cavaliers' team photo from LeBron's rookie season to his sixth, or the Bulls' team photo from Michael Jordan's first year to when the Bulls became a contender.