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The numbers have been there—16 points and eight assists per game through three NBA seasons—but John Wall hasn't fully broken out yet.
Rarely is he mentioned with the other upper-echelon point guards in the game. I'd imagine that has something to do with his win-loss and injury records.
But now healthy entering year No. 4, alongside a more talented and experienced group, and Wall and the Wizards should be able to make some noise during the 2013-14 season.
As an individual, Wall's ceiling sits up there with some of the brightest young point guards around. Only Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose share the same level of athleticism and explosiveness. And you forget Wall is also just 23 years old.
His ability to pick up free points in the open floor and break down half-court defenses make him a playmaking machine. Wall's struggles as a pro can be traced directly to his shooting and decision making, though you can make the argument a poor supporting cast has led to him having to force the issue.
And though some call his jump shot broke, there's certainly still hope.
According to Vorped, Wall only knocked down 109 mid-range jumpers in 66 games in 2011-12. However, in 49 games the following season, Wall hit 130.
Wall missed the start of last year with a knee injury but will enter the 2013-14 season ready to roll at 100 percent. With backcourt mate Bradley Beal also given a clean bill of health, these two could form one of the most potent backcourts in the league.
I like Wall to emerge this year as a true floor general and finally get recognized as one of the NBA's premier point guards.
Other Candidates: Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG), Phoenix Suns, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks