7. John Wall, Washington Wizards
What was a magnificent season for Wall didn’t translate to the success of his team, and the Wizards grossly underachieved last year in the NBA. The injury of Bradley Beal didn’t help, and J-Wall did everything–literally, everything–he could to keep the 41-41 Wizards relevant.
With his 6-4, hyper-athletic frame, Wall was a constant blur in transition and the halfcourt and was a threat to go for 20/10 every night; combined that with a radically improved outside shot, and you have the makings of an All-Star. The show doesn’t stop there, and Wall does just as much defensively as he does offensively. Some of the advanced metrics on that end took a dip, but the load on offense was excruciating at times. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, but players can only give so much on both ends of the floor.
If–and it’s a big “if”– Bradley Beal can stay healthy, Wall will be just as productive as years past, and he’ll be able to run the team more efficiently on both ends of the court.
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