by Marcel Mutoni

The Washington Wizards are sitting at .500 right now, and despite Gilbert Arenas’s unfortunate setback, they have fought and clawed their way to an impressive 7-3 record over the last 10 ballgames.

Most of the team’s success is due to the play of Caron “Tough Juice” Butler. And now, there’s talk of Caron making his second consecutive All-Star team. From the Washington Post:

Butler is averaging career highs in points (23.3) and field goal percentage (52.8) while helping the Washington Wizards overcome the absence of three-time all-star Gilbert Arenas. Along with Antawn Jamison, who is also putting up all-star numbers (22.6 points and 9.7 rebounds), the Wizards are a solid 7-7 going into Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

If Butler and Antawn Jamison can keep this up, not only will they make the All-Star team again, but this Wizards team might just sneak into the Playoff contention without the help of their best player.