Roundtable Slideshow: John Wall's Max Extension

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Mar 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) in the second quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 107- 94. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

James Straton:

We all knew it was coming.

My stance on the early John Wall max contract is well-documented so I won’t go into that here. I’ve also written about the Wizards’ cap flexibility going forward even with Wall getting the biggest max he is eligible for, so I won’t address that here either. Instead, I’ll list a number of reasons I’m happy that John Wall will be back in DC, irrespective of his contract.

  1. He can run and jump really well. Super athletic point guards may be an absolute necessity in the next few years. If you’ve got a guy like that, keeping him is important.
  2. His court vision, while overstated, is still quite impressive. Wall gets caught up in the air on jump passes every so often, but the fact that he usually knows where he’s going is awe inspiring. The number one rule for a ball handler is to not leave your feet with nowhere to go. This rule definitively doesn’t apply to two guys: LeBron James and Wall.
  3. Wall has the potential to be a disruptive defender. He is far from that now, but the tools are there. He’s hyper-competitive and aggressive. The only problem is that, so far in his career, he has been easily confused. Most young guards struggle defending the pick and roll and Wall was no different. This won’t always be the case.
  4. The team is being constructed to optimize Wall’s skills. Beal, Webster, Porter, and Nene all fit with him very well. But about that Okafor guy…
  5. This.
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