John Wall shook things up recently when he claimed that the Washington Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA. It should be noted that he was led to the answer by a reporter, but that still does not change the fact that Wall agreed.
“I don’t think we shoot as well as those guys from Golden State,” Wall said during his Wizards’ exit interview. “But that’s all they do better than us, I think.”
The point guard went on to mention that he was the one lacking in the shooting department, and that his running mate Bradley Beal was already near Klay Thompson’s quality as a shooter.
Here is hoping that the Wizards do not meet the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs too soon in case Stephen Curry is ticked, although that would mean Wall got his crew back to the NBA finals for the first time in over three decades. That would be truly amazing, and I hope it is a day that is not too far away.
Beal and Wall might not be the best backcourt in the league right now, but they certainly have the potential to get there one day. I think Beal, in particular, shocked a lot of folks with his skill level this postseason. He showed tremendous ball handling, shot selection, and passing ability; people also seem to forget that he is only 20 years old.
The real issue for the Wizards is their coaching situation. Randy Wittman was a fine leader this season, and I admire the way that he had these guys playing defensively. At a certain point though, do we give the credit to the players or to their coach? I would give the kudos to one of the best backcourts in the league.