The top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Wall's numbers (career 16.3 points and 8.2 assists) may suggest limited upward mobility.
Whether due to playing on bad Washington teams (43-105 in his two seasons) or the lack of progression in his sophomore season (his scoring and assist numbers dropped, while his turnovers increased), Wall has seen his name drop among the ranks of the league's best young point guards.
Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin and Kyrie Irving have seen far for more favorable coverage in their brief careers.
But, Wall appears to be on the brink of changing every perception about him.
For starters, his Wizards team has playoff aspirations and a roster capable of realizing them. The team's transformation started when they acquired Nene in a trade deadline deal for JaVale McGee, then continued with an offseason deal that relived them of Rashard Lewis' contract and brought back defensive stalwarts Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.
Not only has the locker room improved, but Nene's ability to score in the post and the potential increase in transition opportunities should all create more opportunities for Wall in situations he can succeed in: attacking the basket and the fast-break.
But, Wall himself has underwent a transformation this offseason, earning his own spot alongside Klay Thompson on that USA Select team. That daily exposure to tough defense has forced Wall to improve on the floor.
But, the exposure to champion veterans should increase his drive to make the Wizards a winning franchise.
He has the teammates and the talent to compete for not only the playoffs, but an All-Star berth as well.