John Wall is known for using perceived slights in the media as motivation and, well, he's probably not going to like the latest NBA player rankings put out by ESPN.
Like many national outlets looking to fill out the last few days of the offseason with conversation-starting content, ESPN rolled out their 2018-19 top 100 NBA player rankings this week and Wall came in at No. 32.
Despite making his fifth All-Star team this past season and despite injuries being the biggest reason for his drop in numbers, ESPN has Wall outside of the top 30.
For some context, teammate Otto Porter, Jr. was ranked No. 38 and Bradley Beal came in ahead of Wall at No. 29.
Beal, by the way, somehow dropped from No. 28 the year before despite earning his first All-Star berth in a breakout 2017-18 season.
Wall, for what it's worth, dropped from No. 15 the year prior. Those rankings were released following a 2016-17 season in which he earned All-NBA honors. Porter was ranked No. 42 on that list.
ESPN's rankings are described as a forecast of what to expect in the upcoming season and they are based in advanced stats designed to measure a player's value to their team.
Wall, though, appears to be the casualty of some recency bias. There are several players ahead of him that are difficult to justify.
Take a look at some of the point guards with better rankings than Wall.
ESPN ranked Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry and Jrue Holiday ahead of Wall. All three are excellent guards worthy of their All-Star nods and accolades. But, when healthy, Wall has proved to be on a different level.
Kyle Lowry, for example, is trending in the wrong direction at 32 years old and is coming off year in which his numbers fell off. If this is a forecast of his upcoming season, those things should be taken into account.
Ultimately, these lists are subjective and just made to spark debate. But Wall takes this stuff more seriously than most players and probably won't like what he reads.
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