John Wall moved up 9 spots from last year, but his place at #31 on this year’s Top 100 NBA players by Sports Illustrated didn’t sit well with the Wizard’s star. When he tweeted his number followed by an exclamation point, SI tweeted an apology (too many apologies on Twitter) and Wall responded back with a “no need to be sorry, u made ur decision” thank you message.
Here’s the explanation from SI on Wall’s ranking:
Wall had a 2013-14 season worthy of a No. 1 pick for a Wizards team that reached the second round for the first time in nine years.
Most important, he appeared in all 82 games, ranking fifth in minutes played one year after he was sidelined for nearly half the season. Wall’s return helped Washington leap from No. 30 in offensive efficiency in 2012-13 to No. 16, and his pairing with fellow up-and-comer Bradley Beal gives the Wizards one of the league’s best backcourts for years to come. The lightning-quick Wall joined fellow All-Stars Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as the only players to average 19 points and eight assists, but his real development came from beyond the arc. Shooting a career-high 35.1 percent from deep and hitting 108 threes hardly makes him a marksman, but remember that Wall was so gun-shy that he had made a total of just 49 over his first three seasons. A better-than-shaky jumper is a game-changer for someone with his handle, elusiveness and skill as a finisher.
That Wall led the league in turnovers remains his biggest need for development, but he attacks defenses with such speed and relentlessness that it’s an excusable reality rather than a crisis. The next-level physical tools have always been in place for Wall, meaning that his already high ceiling simply gets that much higher as he continues to refine his all-around game. Two or three more seasons like last year, and Wall just might be a major player in the debate over the league’s top point guard. — B.G.
Here are the guards ranked higher than him…so far. 10-20 haven’t been released yet.
- Kyle Lowry, 30
- Kawhi Leonard, 28
- Kobe Bryant, 24
- Derrick Rose, 23
- Damian Lillard, 22
- Kyrie Irving, 21