Wizards’ Wall Not a Franchise Player?
In the past three seasons, the Wizards have drafted three top-six players (John Wall, Jan Vesely and Bradley Beal) as part of their rebuilding process. You would think that means they now have players to build around. Former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy would not agree.
“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said in response to if he thinks the Wizards have the talent to improve. “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.”
When Van Gundy was asked what would be the right move to right this franchise, his response didn’t give Wizards fans any light at the end of the tunnel.
“You know, I don’t know,” Van Gundy admitted. “I don’t know if it’s a trade, a free-agent thing, but I do know this: you build a team around certain people, and then you find complementary parts. There’s been no one to even build around there. There’s certainly nobody on that roster now you can build around. I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall. 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.”