Stan Van Gundy Thinks Wizards Should Not Build Around John Wall

8493605So former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy had to get his say in about the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are 4-25, the worst record in the league. And there are no signs of it getting any better.

Van Gundy says the Wizards don’t have anybody to build around. Well, what about John Wall? Van Gundy gave his assessment to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. Take a look:

“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said. “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.”


John Wall has been largely forgotten because he has been injured and has not played all season long. Wall, who is aiming for a return this month, was chosen first in the 2010 NBA Draft. While he had a very good rookie campaign and probably would have won Rookie of the Year if Blake Griffin didn’t dunk over fools a thousand times and put up 23 points and 12 boards a game in the 2010-11 season.

The problem was that we didn’t see any signs of improvement in Wall’s second season. His three-point shot went putrid last season. He shot a dismal .071 behind the arc while not exactly showing improvement on other facets of his game. The falloff was immediately evident when he was chosen 12th out of a pool of 16 players in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend. Other point guards like Brandon Jennings, Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin, and Kyrie Irving got (and are still) getting more pub than Wall.

This season was supposed to be John Wall’s huge jump. It actually can still be but who knows how he’ll perform after getting back from an injury. Whether he’ll be the Wizards’ franchise player to build around remains to be seen but as time goes by, it’s looking less and less likely.


Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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