Van Gundy: John Wall Is Not Good Enough For Washington Wizards To Build Around

Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards are awful. There is no way around it. The team has started the season 4-25 and they are unquestionably the worst team in the league. There is one bright spot for the Wizards, however, which is star guard John Wall.

Wall was the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but there is some concern that Wall is not a player you can build your franchise around. One of those people who believes Wall is not a player you can build around is Stan Van Gundy.

“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said, via the Washington Post. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around.

“I don’t know WHO you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.

“I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.”

Wizards fans need to hope and pray that Van Gundy’s comments are off base. If Wall isn’t a player the Wizards can build around, then they are doomed for at least a decade of failure. It’s the harsh reality of the sports world, but one whiff at the top of the draft can set your franchise back for years.

Topics: John Wall, Washington Wizards

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