Is John Wall the best 2-way point guard in the NBA? | The Tylt
John Wall turned 27 in September and has had a successful NBA career thus far. In early celebration of his birthday perhaps, Wall declared he was the best two-way point guard in the NBA earlier this month. Judging from his 20+ point, 10+ assist average, leading point guards in blocks, and finishing second in steals per game in 2017, he might have a point. However, there are other point guards in the league who are arguably better on both ends of the floor. What do you think? 🏀
Is John Wall the best 2-way point guard in the NBA?
John Wall said he is the best two-way point guard in the league. He is certainly talented, but he also has a lot of competition for that title. What do you think?
People may have laughed at John Wall when he made his bold claim, but he isn't wrong. Last season, NBA fans started seeing what Wizards fans have known for a while. The former Kentucky Wildcat led all point guards in blocks and tied with Chris Paul for most steals per game at the position. He is a pesky defender on the perimeter, and opposing guards have a difficult time getting past him.
On offense, Wall finished top-20 in the NBA in scoring, and second in assists per game. He may not have the game-changing shooting Stephen Curry has or Russell Westbrook's ridiculous explosiveness, but Wall can get to the basket at will and is fearless in big moments. To his credit, Wall is supposed to have the confidence to say he's the best two-way point guard in the league. In this case, he is right.
John Wall has never lacked confidence. In this situation, it is misplaced.
Wall is one of the brightest stars in the league, but to say he is the best two-way point guard would be incorrect. There is a list of point guards who are arguably better on both ends of the court—starting with the reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. Westbrook averaged over seven more points per game than Wall and had more total assists. On defense, Westbrook is a bulldog on the perimeter and has incredible explosiveness he uses to full potential.
Chris Paul is a point guard who is long in the tooth, but still one of the deadliest players on the court. He is efficient on offense, blessed with a good midrange jumper, and ability to penetrate with his dribble. He is just as pesky as Wall on defense with the added bonus of knowing what he can get away with. Wall may say he's the best two-way point guard, but that doesn't make it true.