John Wall was selected first overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA draft. Wall is currently in his fourth year in the league, and he just received his first All-Star honors. So far, he has done a substantial job at helping turn around the Washington franchise.
Over the offseason, Wall received a max contract worth $80 million. The Wizards have him for at least five more years and since putting his name on the dotted line, Wall has lived up to his max deal. He is currently averaging 19.9 points, 8.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. His performance this season has gotten the Wizards over the .500 mark for the first time in four years. He also has got Washington going to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when the Wizards had point guard Gilbert Arenas.
Wall didn’t win Rookie of the Year his first season, and he doesn’t have many awards under his belt yet, but he is one the most motivated point guard in the league. He has openly told media,”I think they still still see me as a skinny kid from Kentucky that got drafted No. 1, that hasn’t done nothing or proven nothing in this league. I think just making this first All-Star game still doesn’t get me a nod.” This type of self-motivation comes from within the best. Wall delivered his playoff promise to Washington’s fans this season, and I believe he will be delivering during this year’s postseason. This is the year fans will stop overlooking how good Wall is.
He continues to improve each offseason; he is shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. His jump shot has improved tremendously, helping make Wall one of the best at opening up the floor. His speed has made him one of the best guards in transition. He is currently shooting 55 percent in transition, and he sparks many of these transitional plays with his defense. Wall has become an outstanding defender, and has become great at disrupting the offense, avoiding screens and stealing the ball.
The Wizards has been developing players to complement Wall, and Bradley Beal‘s addition has helped create one of the best young backcourts in the league. Their recent additions of Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden have helped the front court improve tremendously as well. Washington is becoming an attractive location for free agents, and that is all credit to what Wall has done.
Wall will continue to improve each year, and each year he will take the Wizards to newer, higher heights. He is one of the best in the league at getting his team involved in the game, and his defensive production is hard to match. Without a doubt, he is the best point guard in the East.