It’s been a good offseason for Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.
In July, Wall and the Wizards agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension. In September, Wall bought an eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion in Potomac, Maryland for $4.9 million.
He also thinks the improvement the Wizards made in the offseason can get his team to the playoffs.
“The goal is the playoffs,” Wall told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. “We’ve got the pieces.”
Wall cited the addition of veteran forward Al Harrington, who the Wizards signed after the Orlando Magic bought him out, as one reason for improvement. Wall called Harrington a “true veteran” and said he “looked healthy.”
The Wizards also selected Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter, Jr. with the third overall pick. Many expect the rookie to slide into the starting small forward spot.
However, many of the Wizards, has battled health issues. Center Emeka Okafor is out indefinitely (herniated disc) and backup forward Chris Singleton will miss six-to-eight weeks (broken bone in foot).
“That’s the only thing that can hold us back: health,” Wall said.
Wall himself missed the first 33 games with a knee injury and the Wizards got off to a 5-28 start. With Wall in the lineup, the Wizards went 24-25, a pace that would have put the Wizards in the eighth seed instead of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Last season, Wall averaged 18.6 points, 7.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 44.1% from the field, 26.7% from beyond the arc and 80.4% from the charity stripe.