Washington Wizards: John Wall Says He 'Needs to be in the Playoffs,' Should Get There in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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The upcoming NBA season could be an interesting one for the Washington Wizards. For the last couple of seasons, Washington has been a pretty poor team and not very fun to watch — until now.

With point guard John Wall starting to flourish as one of the most exciting guys in the league, the Wizards have begun to feed off of his energy and talent. After Wall came back from injury in 2012, the Wizards were actually a halfway decent team and the young guard was playing outside of his mind on most nights.

According to the Washington Post, last week before watching his team in summer league action, Wall was quoted in a brief interview saying:

“I need to be in the playoffs. Leaving the season early every year is not fun, it’s no excitement, just going home and watching basketball.”

The addition of Bradley Beal last season surely helped Washington’s cause going forward, and Beal should be healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2013 season after suffering an injury towards the end of the 2012 campaign.

In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Wizards picked up one of the more prominent players, and quite honestly one of the only ‘sure things’ if there was any. Otto Porter Jr. was the ideal pick for the Wizards at number three overall and they gladly took him.

Going into 2013, Wall may finally get his wish. The young star recognizes what management has been trying to do in building their squad and he likes what he sees.

“The organization, the owner, the GM, everybody upstairs, the coaching staff did a great job of finding a way to build a team into the way we want it to and make it fit. I like all the moves they made and what we’re doing moving forward,” Wall said.

“I feel like we got a good enough team. What we had last year was good. I just feel if the organization feel like they want to make more moves, that’s up to them.”

Well, if all goes according to plan the Wizards will undoubtedly contend for a spot in the playoffs toward the bottom half of the East as it figures to be wide open. With Wall at his best and the rest of the team in place, they could shock the rest of the league in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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