Just about a week ago, Washington Wizards guard John Wall told Grantland’s Zach Lowe that he believed that he deserved a max contract. After that article was published, the Internet and various media outlets began debating whether or not Wall deserved that kind of money. It now seems like the Wizards are about to settle that debate and give wall that high-paying deal.
Rumors began circulating on Tuesday that sources close to the Wizards have said that the team plans to give Wall that deal. Wall is in his third year in the NBA and missed the beginning of this season as he recovering from injuries. Since his return, he’s averaged just 15.6 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game on only 44.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent three-point shooting.
Wall’s stats over his entire season don’t exactly warrant a max contract. However, if you take into account him adjusting to new teammates and him getting back to healthy, Wall should have just recently been hitting his stride. That seems to be the case. In the 10 games that Wall has played in March, he is averaging 20.1 points, 7.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game and has shot an absurd 52.4 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from beyond-the-arc. Those numbers look more like max contract type of stats.
Another thing that can’t be dismissed regarding Wall is that he is only 22 years old and still has a good ways to go before he fully develops and reaches his prime. That means that those great statistics he’s putting up in March may not even be his ceiling. For the simple fact that Wall still has so much potential for growth and such obvious talent, the Wizards have to keep him in Washington, so it’s a good thing that it looks like they are going to.