The praise keeps coming for John Wall, and it's no longer just resonating from Washington.

The rest of the country is taking notice.

At halftime of the Wizards' 121-102 win over the Celtics in Game 4, TNT's Charles Barkley called Wall "the best point guard in the Eastern Conference, maybe the second best player in the Eastern Conference".

This isn't the only time we've heard Wall ranked this way either.

The difference now though is it's becoming a more common trend.

That's what happens when you produce the results we've seen this postseason. 



After the win, former Wizard Caron Butler called Wall the second best player in the NBA.

Wall is averaging 27.8 points, 12.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game in this series. Those are numbers no one can ignore. 

Obviously, we're going with the assumption that both Barkley and Butler are putting LeBron James in front of Wall, but consider the rise of Wall's star and this Wizards team as a whole, from just a few months ago.

This is the same player, and the same team, getting snubbed out of national TV games in January.

This is the same group that started the season 2-8, something that feels like a blurry dream at this point.


The national perspective of the Wizards has changed, and their 22-0 and 26-0 runs in games 3 and 4, respectively, helped make a statement to America they're a team with higher expectations than just a second round exit. 

It's always an endless argument when we debate player rankings.

One thing that can't be argued though, is the Wizards arrow is trending up, and the rest of the country is starting to take notice.