Maybe Ted Leonsis is on to something when he insists that his team is having healthy ticket sales.â†µ
Check out these attendance numbers (read: ticket sales) from ESPN. Pay particular attention to where the Wizards stand in comparison to some other prominent clubs.â†µ
With 14 home games played, the Wizards are currently 19th in the NBA in average home attendance, selling 15,845 seats per game. That's more than hoops-crazy Indiana (14,408 through eight games), more than Atlanta (14,834 through 12 games), even more than Philadelphia, where the Sixers currently lead the Northeast Division (15, 672 through 16 games).â†µ
There are plenty of reasons for these bizarre numbers (bad economy, fan resentment over the lockout, etc.). But the fact remains that the Wizards are a better home box office draw than three Eastern Conference teams who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. The Wizards, we'll remind you, are 5-20, with four of their five wins coming against Toronto and Charlotte.â†µ
So maybe there is reason for optimism after all. If this edition of the Wizards can put up solid ticket numbers, imagine what things will be like if the team ever gets good.