20. John Wall – Washington Wizards
Wall is only now starting to scratch the surface of his potential. He just turned 27, and is endowed with some of the most marvelous physical gifts in the league. His pure speed makes him a blur dribbling the ball, and his physicality on drives is second only to Westbrook among guards. He’s nearly ambidextrous, allowing him to finish in creative ways around the hoop. He also brings a ton of value on the other end of the floor, as on-ball defense is more critical than ever with such an insane crop of point guards in the league. That crop of guards is probably Wall’s biggest hurdle – he just happens to be playing in the Golden Age of the Point Guard. It’s easy to forget how deep and good the group is. Wall might have been Isiah Thomas in another era. I believe, however, that Wall will continue to establish his position at the top of the current group of point guards. Last season was the start of that, as he managed to score 23.1 points on 18.4 shots per game, while dishing out 10.7 assists. All of those were career highs. Think about that for a second – Wall shot more while also assisting more. He even set a career high in field goal percentage. His arrow is trending up, but the big question is, will he ever get to the Finals?
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