John Wall has accomplished some major goals this season, including making the NBA All-Star team for the first time in his young career and leading the Washington Wizards to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2008. While those accomplishments are note worthy and have certainly put Wall amongst other elite point guards, he was left off the USA Basketball pool that included players like Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and Deron Williams.
Of course, Wall probably should’ve been given a chance to make the Team USA roster, but now that he’s finally gained some recognition, it seems like he might get that shot at making the team after all.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Jerry Colangelo, the head of USA Basketball, will consider adding Wall to the pool of players.
International basketball is completely different than the NBA style and it’s safe to assume that Wall was left off the team because he struggled to make shots from the perimeter prior to this season. Wall, who’s shot 36% from three this season, has drastically improved his jump shot this season and that could be the reason Team USA is interested in potentially adding him to their roster. Wall has also been top-5 in the NBA in assists all year long, while leading the league in total assists, and he could be used as a play maker probably more than anything. His ability to defend multiple positions and athleticism could also play a part in USA Basketball’s decision to add him to their ‘radar’.
Wall has always expressed interest in representing the United States and I’m sure there’s no greater feeling but to do it on a national stage. He should’ve been added to the pool of players in the first place, but I’m glad he’ll likely be getting a shot regardless.