Is John Wall Worth Max Money?

7/31/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The miserable Washington Wizards just shelled out a ton of cash ($80 million to be exact) to their (supposed) franchise point guard a year before the final year of his rookie contract expires. It's a 5-year extension that will pay him an average of $16 million per season - for a guy who has failed to play an entire 82-game schedule (he played all 66 games of the lockout-shortened 2011-'12 season). 

Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsSo to put the question bluntly, does he deserve the money? Should his inability to remain healthy be something held against him? Probably. He does play a sport for a living, and if he can;t stay on the court, then what use is he? 

However, there has been plenty of hype surrounding Wall the moment he set foot in Kentucky as a freshman under coach John Calipari.  There was even more hype when he arrived on NBA soil in Washington as the #1 overall pick of the 2010 draft. It seems however that his former college teammate, Eric Bledsoe has been receiving more media attention lately than Wall - but no longer. 

After this contract is signed and sealed, Wall's reputation is now on the line. Will he live up to the money the Wizards will be paying him over the next six seasons (including the final year of his rookie deal)? Or will he Oden it? 

He has this going for him: He has raised his FG% each year from when he was a rookie (44% last season). He raised his scoring average to 18.5 per game last season. He picked up his FT% to above 80% for the first time as well. He's proven he can be a very goo on-ball defender and a great point guard rebounder. However, he only played in 49 games last year. Now that's a red flag. 

But then again, Washington is desperate. They need a savior. Please John, take your now-famous internet dance moves and stay on the hardwood for the duration of the 82 game season. 
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8/3/13   |   pbartlett21   |   16 respect

miserable? they aren't that bad and they are getting better

7/31/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

For the next two years Russell Westbrook will be drastically underpaid by comparison.