No. 47 John Wall
“What?! You can’t put a rookie on this list! He’s done nothing!”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. If this is how you feel, just stop. Here at SLAMonline we believe John Wall not only belongs in the Top 50, but also could end up being much higher on the list by season’s end. The SLAMily thinks Wall will join (and possibly even surpass) the upper echelon of young point guards in the League. Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings. Wall’s name will fit-in seamlessly with this group.
Nobody likes to give a rookie too much credit before they’ve even met Dick Bavetta. But we’ve stared into our crystal ball and we see a Wizard with a 6-9 wingspan collecting a defensive rebound, flying past everybody on the court, and finger rolling at the front of the rim. Something like ’96 when Allen Iverson first stepped on to the NBA hardwood with a speed that seemed new to people’s eyes. Wall is going to invigorate basketball in Washington DC and keep the Verizon Center buzzin’ all season long.