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To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
The great players self-motivate. John Wall hasn’t earned that hallowed distinction yet, but his use of the inspirational catalyst following it will likely get him there soon. According to a story in The Washington Post, the Washington Wizards All-Star point guard keeps a list of perceived slights on his phone and reads them before games and practices to fuel his inner-fire. Read More »
There’s a fine line between confidence and hubris. The great players routinely toe it, careful not to cross and fall victim to the pitfalls of brash and outright arrogance. Dion Waiters isn’t and he doesn’t, two realities that led to him butting heads with Kyrie Irving and the rest of his teammates in a toxic Cleveland Cavaliers locker room over the past two years. But Waiters maintains he has a new attitude this season, and is primed for big things on the court given that new maturation and a summer of diligent training. For his pointed dig at the Washington Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal to hold weight, though, Waiters will need to do far more than say all of the right things. Read More »
Washington Wizards star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal were cut from Team USA this summer, but apparently haven’t let that relative failure diminish their confidence. At media day yesterday, the 21 year-old Beal said he and Washington’s All-Star point guard are “definitely the best backcourt in the league.” Read More »
Today, adidas unveils the J Wall 1 signature basketball shoe and apparel collection for all-star Wizards point guard John Wall. It’s the first in a line of signature products for the former Kentucky standout featuring his own logo and individualized kick. The apparel collection is available starting Oct. 1 with the J Wall 1 sneaker releasing October 31. Read More »
We’re nearing the start of a new season, so it’s the perfect time to rank NBA players and debate about them. This week, Sports Illustrated is publishing their list of top 100 NBA players. The full list is not available yet, but we do know SI placed Washington Wizards point guard John Wall at number 31. Wall went on Twitter last night and addressed his rank. Read More »
With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »
Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall plans to use being cut from the USA Basketball World Cup squad as motivation for the upcoming season. Given the apparent influence of former Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, though, improvement for Wall today might be harder to come by than in the past. Read More »