All Wizards fans remember that faithful November 2nd night back in 2010. The Verizon Center was packed to the brim in anticipation of the 20-year-old phenom out of the University of Kentucky.
The air was electric, and all fans rejoiced when the name "John Wall," was announced as the starting point guard of the Wizards, as they were set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Fast forward to 2020: Wall is a 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA selection, and 1x All-Defensive selection, but how does he measure up to the other No. 1 overall picks of the 2000s?
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Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey recently ranked the No.1 overall selections of the 2000s and he placed Wall ... ninth.
Bailey spelled out an intricate explanation of the methodology he used to rank these players, but I'll give the SparkNotes version before we dive into his reasoning.
- Box plus/minus, win shares per 48 minutes and player efficiency rating
- Usage percentage
- Both regular-season and playoff numbers
- Championship points and MVP shares
- A fan vote to "add a little subjective flavor"
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Now let's get into why Bailey slotted Wall at 9.
Bailey starts off acknowledging something that true fans of basketball are aware of: Prior to his recent injuries, Wall was one of the best guards in the game.
"He was one of the game's most dominant point men before that," Bailey said.
"From 2013-14 to 2016-17, Wall averaged 20.0 points, 9.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game," he continued "In that stretch, the Wizards were plus-3.1 points per 100 possessions with Wall on the floor and minus-5.2 with him off."
I like the path you're on, Bailey, but don't forget to mention Wall was also an All-Star in every single season mentioned above.
Bailey then went on to address the drop off in Walls production because of injury, which is fair, due to the fact that "Wall's only managed 73 appearances since the start of the 2017-18 campaign."
The eight players ahead of Wall on the list are Derrick Rose, Karl-Anthony Towns, Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James, respectively,
The nine slot for Wall isn't terrible seeing as though he's virtually missed the past two seasons of basketball. The bigger question is: When it's all said and done, how far can Wall catapult up this list?
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Does he have to claim an MVP title to jump Rose? Will an NBA Championship place him above/below Irving?
We'll just have to wait and see.
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