John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, should get a max contract offer from the Washington Wizards this summer. No other player on the Wizards roster impacts the game the way Wall does, and for that reason the team needs to do whatever it takes keep him in Washington long term.
The Wizards struggled to a 5-28 start with Wall on the sideline due to a knee injury but are 21-16 since he has returned. Not only are the Wizards improved in almost every category as a team, but Wall individually has improved from last season to now as well.
Wall is statistically having a career year across the board, posting his best shooting percentage (.455) free throw percentage (.824) and points per game average (16.8), all while playing five fewer minutes than his previous two seasons. Wall has been especially more impressive of late, averaging 21.8 points, eight assists, 4.5 rebounds and shooting .523 from the filed for the month of March, including a 47-point explosion earlier this week.
As further evidence of Wall’s impact, the Wizards has registered 12 victories over potential playoff teams, including a four game streak back in February. The Wizards are clearly a much improved team with John Wall in the lineup. The athletic point guard with exceptional court vision and quickness takes the Wizards from a sure fire lottery team to a legit playoff-caliber squad if the eastern conference.
Wall is clearly the most valuable player the Wizards have had since the days of Gilbert Arenas. Washington should ante up and give Wall the max contract he deserves and hope he can continue to eventually lead them to playoff contention.