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John Wall: Worth The Money?

I know, I know, it's John Wall and it's the Washington Wizards so it is easy to dismiss the five year $80 million extension. On the face of the extension it seems normal that the Wizards overpaid for Wall and are over exaggerating his talent and value to the team. The Wizards drafted him #1 overall in 2010 so they have a soft spot for Wall and will fork over whatever money they have to in order to keep him around.

But, according to Hollinger's NBA player efficiency ratings Wall is the 6th most efficient point guard in the league. The only five that are ahead of him are Chris Paul, Russel Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving, and Steph Curry, in that order. Tony Parker is declining (any day now) and Steph Curry has problems with his ankles that will bother him for the rest of his career. Throw in Derrick Rose into that mix and John Wall is a top 5 point guard in the NBA for the next 10 years.

John Wall was also drafted because of his potential. He was no where near polished when he came out of Kentucky. His PPG, FG%, and FT% have all improved since he first came into the league. His game has become more well rounded, i.e. scoring in the halfcourt more, making a higher percentage of jumpshots, since 2010. He is already a top six point guard in the NBA and his ceiling has not been reached yet.

The extension was a brilliant move by the wizards, Wall is the only piece they have in Washington that can attract other big time free agents to play there. Wizards make the playoffs this year, maybe make the second round in the next few years, sign another star player, and the Wizards could be making some noise for years to come.