John Wall is going to be elite when he comes back, per Scott Brooks
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has no doubt that All-Star John Wall is going to come back as one of the best point guards in the NBA next season.
Wall won’t play for the Wizards this season as he continues to rehab his Achilles tear:
“He’s putting his work in. He hasn’t played a lot of 5-on-5, but he’s played enough to see that he’s going to be just fine,” Brooks said, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
“He’s going to be the John that we all love. He’s going to be one of the best point guards in the league when he comes back.”
No one inside the Wizards organization has an issue with Wall sitting out the season. In fact, they preferred it from the beginning.
Wall played in 32 games in 2018-19 before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. He then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon.
The former No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in 2018-19, all while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line.
Wall signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension (Designated Veteran Player Extension) with the Wizards in the summer of 2017. That contract kicked in this season.
Wall has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. Washington signed Wall’s backcourt running mate Bradley Beal to an extension before this season started.