The Utah Jazz don't see the Wizards often as members of the Western Conference. They are more used to battling teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. But that doesn't mean Jazz coach Quin Snyder is unaware of what makes the Wizards one of the best teams in the East.
Snyder, in fact, thinks the Wizards' guard combination of John Wall and Bradley Beal may be the best in the NBA.
"I would probably say they are the best backcourt. They fit each other so well. John Wall being able to score but also create and be mindful of his teammates. And then for Beal to have the ability to get a shot and get a bucket. Those two guys together are very, very difficult to play against," Snyder said.
As for Wall, it's his speed that really stands out to Snyder.
"The whole team has to run back or Wall will be laying it in."
As for Beal, who like Wall is having a career season, Snyder thinks his breakout year was a long time coming.
"I think he just got healthy. He's been a great player since he came in the league. It's no different than some of our guys. It's dealing with your health. That makes it harder. Everything is harder. I think we're seeing a guy who is the same guy, but has gotten better because he works at it. I think Scott [Brooks] does a great job with him. He's a heck of a coach. Clearly there is a comfort level that they have found as a team. In Beal's case, he's doing the things that he can do. There's no mystery to it, he's just a very, very good player."
Are Wall and Beal better than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Clearly Snyder thinks a case can be made.