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Watch: John Wall hits Knicks' Michael Beasley with terrific crossover and dunk

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John Wall considers himself to be the best point guard in the Eastern Conference and wants to be in the MVP conversation this year.

The Washington Wizards star is coming off his best season as he averaged a career-high 23.1 points, 10.2 assists and a league-leading 2.0 steals on 45.1 percent shooting.

He was duly rewarded for his stellar play by making the All-NBA team for the first time.

His confidence going into the new campaign is sky high and has lofty expectations for himself and the Wizards.

"I feel like I am the best point guard in the Eastern Conference," John Wall told ESPN. "Maybe people didn't get to see me on national TV as much last year, but they will this year."

In just his second pre-season game, the four-time All-Star has already shown us a glimpse of what we can expect to see this year.

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

Washington took on the New York Knicks at Verizon Center and Wall produced the highlight play of the night in stunning fashion.

Guarded by Michael Beasley on the perimeter, the dynamic guard hit him with a quick crossover dribble to the basket and followed it up with a nasty one-handed facial.

The 27-year-old once again showcased the ridiculous speed he's got when flying to the rim and it's fair to assume that Beasley won't be the last player to be on the wrong end of a Wall poster this year.

He also had a game-high 19 points and dished out six assists in a 100-104 win and clearly looks ready for the campaign ahead.

Heading into the pre-season last year, the Kentucky product was not in the best shape physically as he was coming off two knee surgeries and struggled early in the year.

Things are completely different for him this time around as he appears to be in the best physical condition of his life and is better equipped for the gruelling 82-game schedule.

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards - Game Four

"First time in my career. I dedicated my summer getting in the best shape possible and just putting a lot of work into my game, and hopefully it pays off throughout the whole season,” he said.

Wall has set his teammates a target of winning 50 games and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals this year after falling just one win short of achieving both marks last season.

A poor shooting performance from the All-NBA guard saw them lose a game seven to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs and he is motivated to put things right and come back strongly from that disappointment at TD Garden.

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Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
John Wall
Bradley Beal

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