Former Wizards player Paul Pierce knows full well what John Wall is capable of. He was Wall's teammate during one of his four All-Star seasons and played with him on a Washington team that advanced a round in the NBA playoffs.
Yet, Pierce does not believe Wall is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. Pierce instead thinks Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics is.
Here's what he told ESPN in his return to Boston with his current team, the L.A. Clippers:
Paul Pierce on Isaiah Thomas: “Man, that boy Isaiah is killing. … He’s easily the best point guard in the Eastern Conference."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) February 4, 2017
Pierce's assertion is not that crazy, maybe if you exclude the "easily" part. Thomas in second in the NBA at 29.9 points per game. However, Wall is better at many other categories including assists (10.3/g), steals (2.1/g) and rebounds (4.5/g).
It's a close debate between the two, both of them are All-Stars. But Pierce clearly feels strongly for one over the other.