This offseason, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall signed a 5-year, $80 million contract extension to remain the face of the franchise in D.C. A few days later, he proceeded to call himself the best point guard in the NBA.
If you’re like me, you laughed at this and never really gave it a second thought. But, as I look over Wall’s strengths and weaknesses, I realize, he’s not too far off from making that a reality. A few things need to happen before he can reach that pinnacle, but it’s not out of the question.
First and foremost, Wall has to take care of the ball better. In fact, he has to cut his turnovers down by at least one per game. With a career average of 3.7, Wall is a liability with the ball at times, and that cannot happen. In 2012, he sat at 3.2 per game — below his career mark, but not good enough.
Secondly, he has to take better shots. He’s not as bad as Russell Westbrook is at times, but Wall has a tendency to get too confident at times and launch some pretty questionable shot attempts. His biggest strength offensively is taking the ball to the hoop and finishing. With such a big and strong frame, Wall has to use that to his advantage more often.
Last, if Wall can develop a better jump shot — specifically from beyond the arc — he will be another step closer to the league’s best. He only shot 26 percent from three point range last year, which is no where near satisfactory for a player of his stature. Like Derrick Rose has taken upon himself to do, he’s got to improve that area.
Wall already has the ability to get his team involved. With a career average of 8.0 assists per game, he uses his vision and athleticism to create for other players. He’s not necessarily on the level of Chris Paul just yet, but Wall is up there in terms of ability. Still at only 22 years old, Wall has plenty of time to continue his development. He’s a little premature to call himself the best right now, but with these things corrected he could find himself backing that bold statement up real soon.