NBA conference finals highlight Wizards’ needs for defense and shooting

The NBA playoffs have once again reached a place the Wizards have not been as a franchise since 1979; the conference finals. Yes, it has been 43 years since the Wizards were one of the final four teams remaining in the NBA playoffs. They have been close, most notably in 2017 when they took the Celtics to a seventh game in a second-round series, but getting over that hump has been elusive.

It makes watching the conference finals this year through a different lens: what do these four teams have that the Wizards are missing? Those four teams would be the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.

Most would likely point out right away the fact all of those teams have transcendent stars. Stephen Curry is probably a top-15 player all-time, Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum are entering the conversation as two of the best players in the game and Jimmy Butler is perhaps one of the most underappreciated future Hall of Famers in recent memory.

But there are also more attainable traits those four teams all possess, which the Wizards currently lack. Some of them are areas everyone can see the need to confront this offseason. But taking a closer look at the common denominators of the final four playoff teams shows exactly how important it is that the Wizards fix those problems.

Here are three that stand out:

Defense

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