The Wizards have signed their franchise point guard to a lengthy extension. On July 31, 2013, the Washington Wizards have made John Wall the face of the organization with a five year $80 million deal.
At 22 years old, John Wall almost seems like a veteran, but he is on the cusp of entering his prime in the NBA. He’s been rookie of the year, yet hasn’t had the immediate impact in his first few years. John Wall’s speed is a factor against every point guard in the league. There’s a chance John Wall might be the most improved player in 2014.
Due to injury, Wall missed the first 33 games last season, but came on strong to finish the season. His personal success actually led to team success for the young Wizards. In the shortened season, Wall averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 assists. It’s possible for John Wall to average a double-double with the Wizards next season.
With Wall’s newfound financial security, he might be able to lead Washington into the playoffs. That alone will be a huge step in the progression of this version of the Wizards. Making the postseason shouldn’t be easy, but if all of the components work well, they’ll have a shot to earn a top 8 seed.
CBS Sports noted that the Wizards were .500 in the last 50 games last season. Based on recent seasons, a (41-41) record would be worthy of a playoff seed in the East.
John Wall is now on the clock as the next breakout star in the NBA.