Some might call Paul Pierce biased as a former teammate of John Wall's, but The Truth has specific reasons for a major claim he made about the Wizards' star point guard on Tuesday.
Pierce says Wall is "the best point guard in the league." Yes, better than Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, whom Pierce also played with.
Here is his reasoning, as explained in a video for ESPN:
“First off, he’s so fast and dynamic," Pierce said. "You can’t get up on him, that’s when he drives to the hole and dunk on you with the left, with the right. He has the handles of a small guy even though he stands [6-foot-4]. He has the speed of an NFL running back so you pretty much have to give him space and let him shoot the jumper. If not, he’ll embarrass you all night. That is why I consider him the best point guard in the league."
Pierce continued to praise Wall's speed.
"I mean, this guy, he’s a blur in the open court. This guy is probably the fastest end to end with the ball... you’re pretty much at his mercy. Expect to be on SportsCenter that night."
Reminder that Wall will see Curry on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington as the Wizards battle the Warriors.
Wall actually talked about his speed in the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast and how it makes everyone want to race him. You can listen to that interview right here:
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Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season.
One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday.
NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.
Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance.
The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years.
Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year.
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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