2010 NBA Draft: Could John Wall Be the Washington Wizards' Derrick Rose?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

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During the 2007-08 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls didn't have the worst record in the league but was still able to acquire the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Before the draft, the guard position for the Bulls wasn't horrible but it wasn't winning them a lot of games either.

So once the Bulls won the lottery, guards like Chris Duhon, Shanning Brown, and Larry Hughes we're all looked to be shipped out, and the Bulls did just that.

That opened up space for the Bulls to possibly surround Derrick Rose with enough talent to bring the Bulls back to the powerhouse team that they were once before.

As a result, the Bulls turned in two playoff seasons, but also two early round exits. That's including the overtime fest with Boston a year ago.

Now there is a similar situation in this upcoming NBA Draft.

Freshman sensation John Wall has always been conceived as the No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming draft, despite the draft order.

There have been a lot of scouts throwing the Derrick Rose comparison at John Wall, including myself, and that brought me to one question: can John Wall be what Derrick Rose is for the Bulls?

Both players have almost identical frames and display some of the same tactics on the court. Both are very well in-depth on the offensive end, and can play defense, although John Wall has the advantage there.

Both players played under Coach Calipari, and both were definite lottery picks. To me the only thing that separates these two players is that Derrick Rose displays a lot more athleticism than John Wall.

Both players have average jump shots, great leaping ability, and along with good defensive skills, they're both weak-side shot blockers.

John Wall no doubt has the most upside of any other point guard in the draft, and making a bold statement, he possibly has the most of any player in the draft.

John Wall is projected to be placed in a situation far more superior to what Derrick Rose got in 2008.

Wall is going into a franchise with a superstar already on the team in Gilbert Arenas, and an establishing frontier force in Andray Blatche.

Just imagine, leading the break, hitting game winners, distributing the ball effectively, making everyone around you better, taking over and making game changing plays; that folks, is exactly what John Wall can do.

Can John Wall come into the NBA and make an impact as Derrick Rose did? Maybe, it's very possibly seeing the similarities of the players, but it's also all about how John Wall handles the situation he puts himself in.

If John Wall comes in and leads a team of experienced NBA players the way he led Kentucky, the team full of lottery talent, he'll most likely exceed Derrick Rose and be a better player, similar, or at the least a notch under Rose. 

However, if he comes in and displays his immaturity, doesn't expand his jump shot, tries to be too flashy, relies on his athleticism to make plays or shows selfishness on offense, he'll be the JaMarcus Russell of the NBA.

(This is assuming that the Wizards select John Wall with the No. 1 overall pick.)


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