The start of the 2014 National Basketball Association season is drawing ever nearer, so obviously we are in the midst of silly season regarding way-too-early Championship contenders and rankings of the best players in the NBA.
This week, Sports Illustrated is publishing their list of top 100 NBA players. The full list is not available yet, but we do know SI placed Washington Wizards point guard John Wall at number 31, which seems a bit unfair to us.
This summer has given Wall many reasons to be motivated heading into training camp. He didn’t make it past the first round of cuts at Team USA’s training camp, and said afterwards he didn’t get a fair shot at making the team.
Now, he’s been left out of the top 30 in SI’s player rankings. And it is safe to say that the talented one guard wasn't too happy with his ranking.
"31!!" "More Motivation, Love it...#wizsquad !!" and he tweeted the SI twitter account directly, saying "no need to be sorry, u made ur decision...Thanks"
The Wizards know exactly how important Wall is to them as they made the playoffs for the first time with Wall as their point guard, even making it to the second round before losing to the Indiana Pacers.
Wall turned 24 this month and is coming off a career year in 2014. The former Kentucky star put up career highs across the board with 19.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
While his shooting remains an area of improvement (43.3 percent from the field last season, and is a career 42.6 percent shooter), the speedster Wall did make some progress in his three-point game last season, improving to 35.1 percent from deep.