Over the past few weeks, it has become a popular opinion among NBA analysts that Wizards' star John Wall is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal, for instance, made that case last month.
Lately, that proclamation has been taken a step further. Former Wizards coach Randy Wittman called Wall the best point guard in the NBA on Friday morning and later that day All-Star DeMarcus Cousins said the same.
Here is what he told CSN's Chris Miller during his All-Star media session in New Orleans:
"Man, I'm extremely happy for him. He doesn't get the credit he deserves, I believe. I believe he's the best point guard in this league. He's leading that team on a nightly [basis]. Against all odds, he's finding a way. I'm extremely happy for him."
Now, some may say Cousins is biased as Wall's former teammate at the University of Kentucky and a guy who remains very good friends with the Wizards guard. But is there a case to be made that Wall actually is the best point guard?
For a comparison, Wall is one of only three players this season averaging over 20 points and 10 assists per game. The others are Russell Westbrook and James Harden, two MVP canididates. But Wall is shooting for a higher percentage (45.2%) than them, getting a lot more steals (2.1/g) and turning the ball over significantly less. Wall has 225 turnovers this season compared to 338 for Harden and 312 for Westbrook, respectively.
Harden and Westbrook may get more MVP consideration than Wall, but the latter stacks up pretty well to them statistically. Are Wittman and Cousins nuts to think Wall is the best point guard, or can a sound argment be made?
Check out Cousins' full comments on Wall, plus Wall's thoughts on Cousins, in the video above.