Wall, Beal say they're best backcourt because they play both ends

Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal did an interview together with ESPN's Hannah Storm, and the best-backcourt-in-the-NBA discussion inevitably came up. Unsurprisingly, Wall and Beal did not back down from their previous assertions on the subject, even when Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson's names were mentioned. Here's the exchange:

Who's the best backcourt in the NBA right now, in your estimation?

Wall and Beal, simultaneously: "We are."

Some people would say it’s Curry and Thompson. How would you make that argument?

Wall: "We are."

Beal: "We are."

Because?

Beal: "Both ends."

Wall: "Both ends. We play both ends of the court."

Offense and defense.

Beal: "We're just competitive."

Wall: "We take nothing away from them, but we just feel like we're the best. I'm never going to say anybody's better."

It's not worth having the whole debate again, but their explanation is interesting, especially with how the season has started. Through eight games, Washington is 21st in defensive rating, giving up 104.1 points per 100 possessions. Head coach Randy Wittman recently blasted the Wizards' defensive effort and called them "soft." Wall is viewed as one of the best defenders in the league at his position, but Beal is not necessarily seen the same way yet. 

The Warriors, meanwhile, are once again dominating teams at both ends of the court. Curry is not on Wall's level defensively, but he is not a liability anymore, either. Thompson's size and smarts make him one of the best defensive shooting guards in the league, and he's versatile enough to guard point guards and small forwards. It's Wall and Beal's prerogative, to call themselves the best, but this particular statement is not looking accurate at the moment.

John Wall and Bradley Beal say they're the best backcourt.  (USATSI)
John Wall and Bradley Beal say they're the best backcourt. (USATSI)
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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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