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As part of NBC Sports Washington'sNBC Sports Washington preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview John Wall's season...

Player: John Wall

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2016-17 stats: 78 G, 36.4 mpg, 23.1 ppg, 10.7 apg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 spg, 0.6 bpg, 45.1 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 80.1 FT%, 48.2 eFG%, 111 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Wall took his game and team to a new level this past season. He earned All-NBA for the first time, set career-highs in important categories and led the Wizards to 49 wins, a division title and Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, all firsts since the 1970s. Now comes the question of whether he can top it.

Wall has one huge element working in his favor in that he's healthy this offseason. Instead of rehabbing just to get back to 100 percent, he is able to move forward and improve his game. Last year he was coming off surgeries to both knees. This summer he has been able to go full bore.

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Wall's offseason workout plan has been out there for the world to see through Instagram and his documentary called 'No Offseason' produced by Ball Is Life. Several common themes have emerged. He wants to get much better on defense and improve his conditioning to close out games. He has been trying different training methods like biking and boxing in that quest.

 

Wall has gone as far as stating he's the best two-way point guard in the NBA and accepting a Twitter challenge from Kobe Bryant to make first team All-Defense. Wall taking his defense to a new level would be fantastic for the Wizards, who will need to slow guys like Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Potential to improve: Three-point shot, on-ball defense, late-game conditioning

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