John Wall: ‘I Want to Be in the MVP Conversation’

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is taking aim at the League’s highest individual award.

Wall, a two-time All-Star, says one of his goals heading into his sixth season is to be considered an MVP candidate.

The 25-year-old averaged 17.6 points and a career-high 10 assists in 79 games last season.

Per Basketball Insiders:

What aspects of your game did you work on this summer? […] John Wall: “I can shoot the three well, but I just need to focus on not taking bad ones – like half-court ones and ones in late shot-clock situations so I can have a good percentage. I’ve been working on my floater a lot, I’ve been working on my post-up game and I’ve been working on improving my defense.”


What has to happen for this season to be considered a success? What, in your mind, would be a good year for you guys? […] John Wall: “A good year is 50-plus wins, getting home-court advantage in the playoffs and definitely making the Eastern Conference Finals to give ourselves a shot at the Finals. Anything goes from there – it’s just a matter of whoever can win four games first.”


What are some of your individual goals for this year? […] John Wall: “I want to be in the MVP conversation and give myself a shot at being the MVP. That means I need to play well, help my teammates play well, get those guys shots and lead my team to wins. I definitely want to be an All-Star starter again. I want to be All-NBA First Team. I want to be on the All-Defensive First Team; I was All-Defensive Second Team last year. I think I was snubbed from the All-NBA Third Team last year, but I just use that as motivation for this year to try to get better. Another individual goal is definitely leading the league in assists this year. There are a lot of things I want to do, but those are some of the main ones.”

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