John Wall wasn’t taking a backseat to anybody after he was done dropping 31 points and nine assists on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Wall, the fourth-year point guard for the Washington Wizards, is having a career season by just about every measure. He is averaging 19.5 points, 9.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game, all career bests. He has also compiled a career-high 21.4 player-efficiency rating.
At this rate, he might even drag the Wizards into the playoffs, kicking and screaming. And he thinks it’s time he got his due.
"I'm the best point guard in the league. That's my statement." - @John_Wall—
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Obviously, this is inaccurate. But give Wall bonus points for confidence, as well as the recognition that he’s a lot closer to the top than many casual fans might realize. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker are still the standard-bearers, but Wall has demonstrated what a drastic impact he can have on his team when healthy.
Wall might not be the best point guard in the league, but the Wizards don’t need him to be. They just need him to be the best point guard for them, which is exactly what he has been thus far.