John Wall was present at in Sin City on Saturday, as the Washington Wizards faced off against the Golden State Warriors at summer league. Wall was working on various drills with running mate, Bradley Beal, Ryan Saunders and developmental coach Joe Connelly. Wall will be heading into his 4th NBA season (already) and he knows the time is now.
Wall gave a quick interview after the Wizards 56-52 loss to the Warriors.
“I need to be in the playoffs.” said Wall. “Leaving the season early every year is not fun, it’s no excitement, just going home and watching basketball.”
I’m not sure if the time is actually now. The Wizards have some young talent, but will need more if they wish to compete with the eastern conference. The young nucleolus of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter, should leave Wizards’ fans with hope, moving forward, but the reality of the situation may move a bit slower than Wall and company would like. Porter should give Wall a versatile scoring option, beside the sharp-shooting Beal, but the Wizards will need more out of Wall if they plan to compete in the post-season.
Wall endorsed the direction Washington is heading, which is always a breath of fresh air to owners, general managers, and coaches. We’ve seen the monster than can be created if the situation in a small market never improves.
“The organization, the owner, the GM, everybody upstairs, the coaching staff did a great job of finding a way to build a team into the way we want it to and make it fit. I like all the moves they made and what we’re doing moving forward,” Wall said. “I feel like we got a good enough team. What we had last year was good. I just feel if the organization feel like they want to make more moves, that’s up to them.”
Wall, coming off of his best season as a pro, averaging 18.5 ppg (0n 44% shooting from the field), 7.6 apg, and 4 rpg, will need to develop into a defenses nightmare in order for the Wizards to take the next step. Walls’ jumper has vastly improved since entering the league, and the 4th-year guard from Kentucky will need to put the ball in the basket early and often to get opposing defenses off balance.