Team: Washington Wizards
2013-14 Stats: 19.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 43.3 percent shooting, 19.5 PER
This is not OK.
John Wall should absolutely be on this list of 19 players. There is no question. No doubt.
Allow Matt Moore of CBS Sports to take it away for one moment:
The biggest, and most glaring exclusion is that of John Wall. It's fairly difficult to make the argument that Kyrie Irving is better than Wall, and Damian Lillard becomes essentially a tie once you factor in defense. There's still a good chance Wall makes it due to injury or another reason for someone pulling out, but that doesn't change the fact that his exclusion remains an insult for one of the better point guards.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski also makes it a point to say Wall still has a chance of making the roster, but people, come on. This is unacceptable.
Wall was excluded from the initial 28-player pool released in January and has once again failed to secure an inclusion here. As one of the NBA's brightest rising stars, his absence, even if only temporary, is unpleasantly noticeable.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and managing director Jerry Colangelo clearly have this shoot-threes-or-be-killed dynamic going, and that's fine. If it were any other season of Wall's career, some of us could be sold on this ousting.
But Wall shot a career-best 35.1 percent from deep last year and remains one of the most explosive players in the NBA at any position. He also became just the 10th player in league history—yes, the 10th—to average at least 19 points, four rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game for an entire season. Team USA can use all he provides.
"It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game," he told The Washington Post's Michael Lee in January. "I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.”
Here we were thinking he already proved enough people wrong for everyone to know excluding him from this invite list would be, well, wrong.