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Washington Wizards: No. 73

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

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Last year's ranking: 113
Title track: 106
Ownership: 64
Coaching: 98
Players: 74
Fan relations: 93
Affordability: 84
Stadium experience: 100
Bang for the buck: 28

Don't be fooled by the Wizards' finishing in the lower half of our rankings; their 40-spot jump is good enough for seventh best in all of Standings Land. Just how'd they do it? Well, it started with a bang: Washington's giant vault in fan value (up 49 in bang for the buck, from 77 to 28) comes thanks to their rock-bottom admission prices: Of the District's four major sports offerings, the Wiz are the most economical by five bucks ($30.31 per ticket, the NBA's fourth lowest). And of the 18 markets that have both an NBA and MLB presence, D.C. is the only one where hoops is cheaper to watch than baseball. As if that weren't enough, in return for those low prices, the Wiz faithful got to see their team finish above .500 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, advance in the postseason for the first time since 2005, and win a second-round game for first time in over 30 years. Locals aren't the only ones taking notice of the turnaround led by PG John Wall: After being on national TV just once during the 2013-14 season, owner Ted Leonsis' Wizards are slated for 10 nationally televised games this coming season, including a noontime Christmas Day tilt against the Knicks. Welcome back to the big time, Wiz fans.