Nov 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) celebrates with Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 98-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall thinks Washington has the best backcourt in the NBA

As NBA players begin to come into their own, the boasting and bragging begins. Case-and-point: John Wall. After a career year for he and teammate Bradley Beal, the All-Star point guard thinks the Washington Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA.

This has been a topic of conversation for some time, moreso referring to who will be the best backcourt in the league in five years rather than now. But when it comes to present day competition, Wall has a point. They may be the best backcourt the league has to offer going into the 2014-15 season and their lone competition just may be the Golden State Warriors.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still excellent, but Manu’s decline knocks the Wizards out of the competition. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler could soon make a case, but Rose’s injury woes makes the dual lopsided. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have a-ways to go if they want to be featured in this competition and the Goran Dragic-Eric Bledsoe duo is right on their heels. This leaves the Splash Brothers to compare to the Wiz Kids.

Wall’s statement is partially right. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are far superior shooters than John Wall and Bradley Beal. What Wall fails to point out is how both Curry and Thompson are better scorer’s also. Defensively, Wall has the leg up on Curry, but at this point in time, Thompson has the same leg up on Beal.

There is no true stat to prove who is better, but when combining PER’s from the 2013-14 season, Curry-Thompson (38.4) topples Wall-Beal (33.8).

Now that Wall has made this statement, he and Beal will have to live up to his words. Klay and Curry are steadily improving and the same is expected from Wall and Beal now that they’ve tasted a bit of playoff success.

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