Apr 26, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall celebrates on the bench in the final minute of the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 125-94, and won the series 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Entering his sixth NBA season, John Wall is now a legitimate star in this league. Each year, the former Kentucky Wildcat takes his game to new heights. Last season, he averaged a double-double (17.6 PPG, 10.0 APG). With the Wizards back into contention in the East, Wall can make a strong case in the MVP race if he can stay healthy and continue to play at a high level.
Wall has really figured the game out and it shows, as he’s been selected to participate in the past two All-Star Games. With Pierce out, he’s the unquestioned leader of this team and with that, comes a great deal of pressure. He seems to be up for the challenge. Wall is an exceptional athlete, who excels at getting to the basket and making stellar plays in transition. If he can continue to develop his jumpshot, he’ll be unstoppable.
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Backing up Wall will be Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple. Sessions has been a journeyman in the NBA, but perhaps he has found a home in the nation’s capital. He proved that he can be a decent scoring option when Wall went down with a hand injury. The Wizards have struggled to find a solid backup point guard over the years, but Sessions is good enough.
Temple on the other hand, may see his minutes go down. He’s a tough player and a solid defender, but he may get lost in the shuffle.
When you have Wall as your point guard, the backup spot isn’t as important, but it gives the Wizards a little security should he go down again.