Do you think John Wall is a max player? He thinks so and his play over the last couple of weeks has made such a question more difficult to answer. Since Wall’s return Jan. 12 from a stress injury to his left kneecap that cost him the first 33 games of the season, the Wiz have been doing pretty well behind Wall. Only three point guards in the NBA have max deals — Deron Williams, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. It’s a lock that Chris Paul will join them this summer. But is John Wall a max player? In a recent interview with NBA.com’s David Aldridge, Wall acknowledges that there are a number of point guards out there that are better than him — but he still wants to get paid like the big names.
Only three point guards in the league have max deals — Deron Williams, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. It’s a lock that Chris Paul will join them this summer. And that’s all. Even Wall acknowledges those four are better than he is.
“You’ve got Chris Paul, Russell,” he said Sunday night. “Derrick right now. I’d say Kyrie [Irving]‘s up there, doing pretty good. I like [Portland’s] Damian Lillard. I’d say he’s up there in that category. He’s playing out of his mind, to play like he’s a rookie. I feel like those years in college really helped him. I feel like they’d be the top.”
He agrees, when Rajon Rondo‘s name is mentioned, that Rondo is better. He goes along with Denver’s Ty Lawson, and volunteers Golden State’s Stephen Curry. And that’s the list. Eight better.
“Well, I feel like I get what I deserve,” Wall says. “I know what I play like. I think they understand what I’ve been through the first two years, having what I had. Not to talk bad on any of my teammates or any of the guys I’ve had. I just feel like some of them weren’t very professional about their job. They didn’t care about winning, to be honest.”
Wall was drafted into a situation that would make it difficult for any rookie to succeed at a high level. You won’t have the most professional locker room with the likes of Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young which were al there when he arrived. For example, how would Rondo and Wall had been different had you reversed their landing spots in the NBA and Wall got quality veterans to model as a rookie?