5 Reasons John Wall Playing for USA Select Team This Summer Will Be a Good Thing
There is no arguing that John Wall has all the tools to become an elite NBA point guard. The question is if he has the motivation and mental component that is required to be the best of the best.
Wall was recently named to the Team USA Select Team, where he will routinely scrimmage and practice against the current Team USA roster. This unique situation will give Wall some much needed guidance and overall help improve his NBA game.
Learn from Elite NBA Point Guards
Getting the opportunity to play against and learn from elite NBA point guards such as Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook is invaluable for the development of Wall. All of these players have improved each year they have been in the league and being with these guys for an extended period of time will allow Wall to see how they prepare on a day-to-day basis, and what it takes to improve and make a commitment to getting better.
An example would be Eric Bledsoe, Wall’s former backcourt mate at UK. He has shown massive improvement in just one year as Paul’s understudy.
Being Around Proven Winners
In his young professional career, Wall hasn’t exactly been surrounded by positive influences (JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Andray Blatche).
As a member of the Team USA Select Team, he will have the chance to mingle with NBA Champions and Olympic Gold Medalists like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Just being around those guys might not seem like much, but working out for one day with Kobe would show Wall just how much sacrifice and dedication it takes to be the best in the business.
Playing With/Against Kyrie Irving
Next to John Wall, the other NBA point guard of the future is recently crowned Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, who coincidentally was also named to the USA Select Team.
Irving by many, has been labeled the next big thing in terms of point guards in the NBA. Wall can’t be too happy about this, and having the opportunity to compete with him and prove to the coaching staff that he is every bit as good as Irving might be just what he needs.
In addition, up to now he has essentially been handed the point guard duties for the Wizards with little resistance from anyone else. With this team, he and Irving will be competing for minutes, and some good old fashion competition might help push Wall.
Coached by Established Coaches
Wall has yet to find the coach that makes a significant impact on his career. Flip Saunders was practically on the way out when Wall arrived, and current Interim Head Coach Randy Whitman is not the answer long term.
For Team USA, he will have four no non-sense coaches at his disposal in Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antonio and Nate McMillan.
Being one of the new guys around coaches who already are well established and have coached the world’s best will help push Wall to his limits, rather than pamper and cater to him. In other words, it would be pretty hard not to get better with coaching by these guys.
History of Success
The last group of USA Select Team members back in 2008 consisted of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala and Russell Westbrook. All are currently members of the 2012 Olympic Roster now, as well as joining the ranks of the NBA elite over the past two to three seasons.
Being a part of Team USA clearly accelerated the development of these players and helped them reach elite level status.