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John Wall: ‘I’m the best point guard in the league’

Nov 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers v Washington Wizards

John Wall has played pretty well lately.

In his last three games, he’s averaging 33.0 points on 61.4 percent shooting, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per contest. The Wizards are 2-1 in that span.

It’s a fantastic three-game stretch, but let’s not get carried away.

Aw, shoot, let’s get carried away.

It’s OK for Wall to believe he is the best point guard in the NBA.

It’s not OK for you to believe he is the best point guard in the NBA.

Wall has certainly used his confidence to reach the highest level of the sport. He plays with moxie, and he’s better for it.

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But as someone who is not Wall, I can say this statement is ridiculous.

Chris Paul is clearly the best point guard in the NBA. Stephen Curry and Tony Parker are also better than Wall. When healthy, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook are better than Wall, too.Wall is a tier below with Kyrie Irving, Rajon Rondo and Damian Lillard.First, Wall must escape that group before challenging the second tier. Paul’s No. 1 spot isn’t even within striking distance.

  1. azarkhan - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    That’s nice John, but basketball is a team sport, so, if it’s not too much to ask, how are the Wizards doing in the lousy Eastern Conference? 6-8? Sounds like you need to do more work and less bragging.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      You have to be cocky at this level. I wouldn’t necessarily say it but you have to believe it.

      At 6’4″ and with his quickness and speed, his improving jump shot and court vision, it’s scary how good he’s going to be.

    • daddyghi - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      yeah… have him tell that to uncle drew and he’ll be torched…

      • lowpostfootwork - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Uncle Drew already torched him… and He’s not the best PG in the league either

    • belleby123 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      He just misspoke: he should’ve said “I’m the best point guard in this past 3 game stretch.”

  2. thomaskouns - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Reminds me of when Brandon Jennings said he was an All-Star and the media started to believe it.

    Wall is good but until he develops a consistent shot and plays better D he isn’t in that discussion.

    Oh, and having a winning season for once in your career helps to.

    • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Actually his 15-18 foot jump joint is on point, (not a great three point shooter), and he plays good on ball and off ball defense…….but, yea he’s not even a top five PG. He may be the most athletic or fastest PG in the league tho. That boy with the ball is no joke on the break.

      • thomaskouns - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Unxpected1,

        Fair points but amazing how folks start to buy into statements like that. Just because he says it doesn’t mean it’s even close to being true.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        He is definitely in the discussion for fastest player in the league. There were some points in the game against the Lakers last night where I couldn’t believe his speed.

      • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        @monetti

        Dude was going past people on a 1 on 3 fast break, i was definitely amazed. And he’s finishing a lot better at the rim then he was his rookie year where he could get to the hold, but couldnt finish.

      • deavn - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Russell Westbrook has him beat there as well.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        @unexpected1
        “His 15-18 foot jumper is on point” I wouldn’t go that far. He is fast as lighting and while his jumper has improved, their is a reason that every team defends him the same way. Scouting Report on J Wall….DARE him to make that jumpshot because he can’t consistently. Play the odds with him shooting that jumper. @ this point in his carrer, he is gonna miss more than he makes.

      • davidly - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        I hear that. In one of the highlights from the last week or so, he stole the ball and closed the three-quarter-court distance to the bucket so fast it looked kind of like an illusion.

      • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        @spthegr8

        I do agree that used to be the case. Wizards is my “other” (where i’m from), and i’ve watched him play all year. He really can knock that mid range J now with almost ease like he did against the Lakers last night. BUT, if you ask him to shoot a 3, its possibly the ugliest miss in the NBA haha

  3. heat256 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Somewhere, Chris Paul just peed himself laughing at that statement.

  4. chefjon81 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Rondo>Curry in just about every aspect of the game other than shooting.

  5. spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I love the confidence John is showing & he has been playing GREAT as of late but, he isn’t even the Best Pg in the Eastern conference much less the league. I’m not hating on him I like him as a player, I’m Just Saying”!!!!

  6. phillysports1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    In a year or two Carter-Williams will be top 3 point guards .

    • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      I’m not sure why this has so many thumbs down. MCW has size, can defend, sees the floor, shoots with range, can finish. He just has to cut down on the turnovers.

    • somekat - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      That will only be possible if the sixers really begin to tank, and can get an elite scorer in the draft this year. I like MCW, I thought it would take him a year to adjust, he has played better than I thought. But to get in that discussion, he will need to be on a much better team. Ironic that his playing above expectations may prevent them from getting the guy they really need in the draft

      Noel will help with some easy bucket/assists next year, but he will not be an elite scorer. They need a top 3 pick in the draft (and a 2nd around 7-8 would be nice). Once they have that kind of explosive young core in place, that cap space to sign 2 max FA’s looks much better (not saying t will ever happen, it won’t, but if they wanted James, it would be a much easier pitch with MCW, Noel, one of the top 3 and another top 10 in the fold, and enough money to bring in another max FA)

    • kyleb313 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      MCW is the next Brandon Jennings lol.

  7. timb12 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Is there anything wrong with him saying “I believe I can be the best PG in the league” ? That’d be a way easier comment to swallow and it wouldn’t cause such a backlash.

  8. jimsjam33 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    John Wall people might stop and take notice if you are traded to New York , San Antonio , LA Lakers or Miami because then your talent equates to championships with other great talent surrounding you . Tooting your own horn right now is probably several years premature . Chris Paul is number one and even he is looking for his first ring . . .

  9. mat9844 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    He’s entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts; CP3 is the best PG in the NBA. But it’s great that he has such confidence in his game.

  10. ddpenny - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    he’s the best point guard in washington right now.

  11. redbaronx - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    …..and……this is why he doesn’t deserve a max contract. Less talk, more walk. He reminds me too much of Gilbert Arenas! Opens his mouth to say unnecessary stuff that opponents will focus on the next game. Being the best in the league also means being CONSISTENT!!

  12. johnheisman - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I’m the best poster on Pro Basketball Talk. That’s my statement.” – @Johnheisman

    • reastnt - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      You’re a second tier poster, John. Maybe when we see some more consistency from you, you can be part of that discussion. Maybe the best poster in your household, but you don’t yet deserve a max blogger contract.

      • johnheisman - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Even though I have been posting for 3 years and posted nothing significant and there are many other great posters, the fact that I had 3 great posts in the last week proves that I’m the best poster on Pro Basketball Talk. – @John_Heisman

    • kavika6 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:10 AM

      Tony Parker is the best player on the best team in the league but rarely gets mentioned because he’s so unselfish. Great team ball movement and resting in the fourth quarter during blowouts has kept his numbers down. I’d take him over Chris Paul any day. No drama, no temper tantrums, no flopping, more mature and better leader.

      Maybe I’ll consider some of those other players mentioned after their teams hit .500.

  13. dannymac17 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Thats hilarious. Chris Paul just laughed all the way to the ATM to double check his bank balance to make sure he was in fact paid as the best for being the best.

  14. dmvsports85 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I think this comment was taken a little out of context. The person who interviewed him asked “what is the statement your trying to make to the league this year? and John wall replied that “I am the best point guard in the league.” I personally think john was just trying to say what his goal for the season is. As a wizards fan its good to hear this from your team leader, that he wants to be the best at what he does.

  15. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Once again, Rondo getting the short end on this blog.

    He’s a better POINT GUARD (i.e. distributor, floor leader, defender) than Rose Curry Westbrook or Parker, and second in the league only Chris Paul in that regard. How many times do we have to go through this? Tony is the only guy mentioned in the article other than RR that has won a championship, let alone multiple Conference Finals.

    No, he isn’t the dominant scorer that Rose (can be when healthy) or T Parker and Steph are, but were talking PG. Not SG/scorer. A line that is becoming blurry in today’s NBA.

    Wall belongs down in the Lilard Curry Irving range. Putting Rajon there is insulting to him. Why, because he doesn’t have a silky jumper? Bull****.

    Lastly, until he went down with the ACL, Rondo has been incredibly durable. Rose is an exciting player but obviously injuries are limiting him. I think its getting foolish to keep including Rose in this conversation because of 1 stellar MVP caliber season.

    How about a little more respect for Rajon?

    • tfyjman - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      AGREED. You have made so many valid points it’s blinding.

  16. calvinisthobbesian - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Maybe when there are a lot fewer 5 for 17 nights and a lot more defense played.

  17. navyb4sports - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Are we forgetting Ty Lawson and his 21pts 8.5 rebounds per game? on a team that uses 13 different players on a given night thoughs are pretty great numbers.I’m not saying hes the best in the league, but hes definitely deserving of at least getting talked about.

  18. ezwriter69 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Great players, whatever position, have to be at least average shooters. Wall simply cannot shoot, at all. Not exactly an elite defender, either.
    When he shoots like he has the last three games, he’s right there with anyone. Unfortunately, those games are the aberation, not the rest of his career. 32% from three at UK, which is pathetically bad from the shorter distance; 24% from three for the Wiz, likewise, just pathetically bad. A point guard has to shoot well enough to make defenders respect the jumper; Kidd, Stockton, even Magic had to improve their jumper before they became great players. Wall just doesn’t have that. Paul isn’t a great shooter at 36% on threes, but even that is good enough; way better than Wall.
    Entertaining as bleep, potentially a great passer, but until he proves he can shoot, consistently, he won’t be even in the top five, much less the best. Ditto for Rondo, by the way, for exactly the same reason. You have to be able to shoot the ball.

  19. jjordannba - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hold on hold on timeout! DONT! Dont make Rajon Rondo sound like some 3rd tier point guard, I mean have all the media forgotten? Rajon Rondo is a Top 5 point guard easily, and come playoff time there’s almost never any PG better. He’s already accomplished more than almost any other elite point guard in the league not naned Tony Parker. Cmon putting him in the sane breath as Damian Lillard, siiick!

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      If it wasn’t for Chris Paul’s leadership and intangibles I’d be confident in saying Rondo’s the best PG in the game. I haven’t forgot about him.

  20. somekat - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Holiday is in that 2nd tier too. Wall can score more than Holiday, but every other aspect of the game (defense, setting up teammates, running an offense, rebounding, etc), I would take Holiday in a heartbeat

  21. 00maltliquor - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I wasn’t aware Chris Paul retired.

  22. provguard - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Being a little rough on Kyrie??? A lot better than some you mentioned above…

  23. kavika6 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Rondo and Rose need to spend some time on the court before they’re considered among the elite. Right now they have averages of 0,0,0 and 0.

    Curry has also missed court time because of his lack of coordination and his precious girly ankles. The “elite” need to be more dependable than that.

  24. tfyjman - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Once again, those two have done more so than most of the point guards in the article.

  25. kyleb313 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    John Wall is definitely better than Irving and Lillard, but I have to concede he’s not yet better than Westbrook, Rondo, Rose, Parker and CP3…. but he’s definitely on the up right now and has potential to be a Top 3 Point Guard in the coming future. I see a lot of Chris Paul in his defensive game and his jumper is getting nasty as of late.

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