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John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:34 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Don't laugh. Because John Wall sounded serious.

He thinks the Wizards will be a playoff team. Via Sports Radio Interviews, he was asked on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. is the Wizards are a playoff team:
“I think so. Last year, we was ahead of Philly at one point and then they went on a 15-game winning streak. The most winning streak we had was two games and that was near the end of the season. … I think, going in, the main thing for us that’s really going to help us, in our first of two road games, we have to win one of those games. If we lose those two games, you start thinking of last year and the guys from last year start thinking, ‘Is this another year of losing a lot of road games?’”
I looked it up and the 76ers' longest winning streak was four, not 15. Maybe four kind of seems like 15 when you struggle to win two straight and overall go 23-59 which was 18 games behind Philadelphia.

But whatever. That was last year, this is this year. And the Wizards have a bit of talent headlined of course by Wall. Nick Young, if he returns, is a nice scorer, Andray Blatche, when his head's on straight, is a good player. Same goes for JaVale McGee. Who knows what rookie Jan Vesely is capable of. Rashard Lewis might have a little left in the tank.

And in the East where sometimes being three or four games under .500 is good enough, the Wizards might be able to make a push. Or at least think about a push.

Still, this team is just a step away from being completely dysfunctional. There are headcases, borderline headcases and disgruntled veterans all over the place. Wall has enough talent to make you believe it's somewhat feasible, but just the makeup of the roster does not.

I hate saying a team doesn't have a shot and Wall should absolutely believe they do. Everyone is in first place right now. With just 66 games, a 3-1 start could mean the Wizards can think about it. But I don't see how this team is any better than the one that won 23 games last season. Sure, Wall is set to take a leap this season, but how many wins would that be worth? Five? He still needs help and unless Blatche or McGee is ready to snap out of it or Vesely is something special. the Wizards are still probably a year or two away. 

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:01 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Wall is no drose I dont see him carrying his team by himself. No playoffs. Here

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:20 am

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

If last night's 40 point home pre-season game loss to the Sixers is any indication (God, I hope it is not, but it was what it was), it is time for John Wall to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.

I do agree with the Wizards decision not to amnesty Rashard Lewis, but if he does not fit in with the kids any better than we saw, his string will run out in the next off-season, when cap space really matters.

Nick Young should be happy sitting in LA watching what happened without him.  Jordan Crawford (another big talker) stank up the place, and it is clear that the Wizards marginal playoff hopes will really dwindle to nil without a happy Nick in the fold.

So, the game plan should be, get Nick back, play hard but miss the playoffs. Get in the lottery, draft a Harrison Barnes, amnesty Lewis and make a play for a good FA.  Maybe in 2012-13 the Wizards can be relevant.  

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:06 am

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

The way he talks annoys the fuck outta me.  "We was ahead of Philly"

But he very well may be right.  Wizards in the playoffs?  Maybe in the East.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:11 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Whats he supposed to say No my team sucks and wont make the playoffs lol? Nice reporting cbs.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:06 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Firts of all big ups to Wall for saying it. They are a work in progress but swagger is definitely an ingredient in success. Furthermore, why not? Basketball is hugely a 50-50 league in that half the teams are legit and the other half are garbage, there is very little middle class. So, they only have to be in the top half of the grbage can to compete for a playoff spot. There are already yearly appearances of .500 teams in the scrap heap who get a chance to get slapped around by a big boy in round 1, but they're still a playoff team. Go Wiz!

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:42 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Wall might want to stick to playing basketball rather than guessing who will make the playoffs.  Rashard Lewis might have something in the tank but it is low octane at best.  Nick Young, if he returns is not going to turn this team into a playoff team.  I think the Wizards are more than a year or two away.  Take a clue from the Clippers and make some moves.  Building takes a few years and those few years haven't started from what I see Wizard fans.  

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:23 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

I love that he said this because I've been saying this once they drafted Vesely. They could easily sneak into the 7-8 spot in the East and they will be fun to watch.. JaVale and Jan dunking might add up to equal Blake Griffin type of nightly highlights. Playing so many back to back games might help them out too being so young. I'm such a basketball fan and with all this craziness I have made 4 random predictions for this year. 1. The Clippers will make the playoffs. 2. The Wizards will make the playoffs. 3. The Knicks will be #2 seed in the East. 4. (And the best) Norris Cole will not only start for the Heat, but also be a top 7 PG in the league this year.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:28 pm

John Wall thinks the Wizards are a playoff team

Thats a big statement by my boy Wall but I just don't see it happening with the talent that the wizards have on their roster. The wizards need a real two guard and not just a gunner in Nick Young. That dude wouldn't be starting for no one else in the NBA period. He is a good roll player and I think he would be a good spark to come off the bench and maybe a good 6th man but overall the wizards do need their big men to step and play like big men and keep their heads in the game! the wizards definitely need Wall to improve on his shooting % and all the TO's he had last year and he also neeeds to get better at the freet throw line as well. But overall Wall is a very good young talented point guard with much upside.

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