Even though the roster does possess other valuable talent, there is no denying that the former Kentucky star is the heart of the Wizards franchise. After all, the team has already spent one first overall selection on him and seems pretty committed to building the roster around him.
This, in fact, is one of the reasons why the Wizards find themselves with a dismal 9-30 record. When a team is built around a centerpiece that is unable to play due to a lingering knee injury, chances are the organization is going to watch its collection of players struggle to obtain wins, especially when said player is a point guard.
That has not been the only problem for the Wizards, though. Veteran additions Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Nenê Hilário, all acquired in the last year, have failed to pan out. Also, prospects Jan Veselý, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford and Chris Singleton have not taken the next step in their individual games that Washington was probably hoping for.
Nevertheless, the Wall issue was undoubtedly the worst for the franchise. Since returning to action, the starting point guard has propelled the Wizards to four wins in their last six games.
Don't look now, but John Wall is on a quest to salvage Washington's season.
*All stats are accurate as of January 22, 2012.