LeBron James' move to the Cleveland Cavaliers made one more Eastern Conference team a viable threat, seeing that Miami remained one when he left.
But the Eastern Conference is still by far the weaker division, except at point guard. There, the East has arguably the best three players in the league, no offense to injured Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
John Wall, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving are consecutive No. 1 overall picks and haven't disappointed, except for those pesky injuries Rose keeps having.
Wall, however, isn't interested in being friends with Rose and Irving. He considers them rivals.
“No. 1 picks, all in the Eastern Conference, I think it's going to be a battle for a long time, I mean as long as everybody is healthy and playing,” Wall told ESPN.com. “That's what everybody is going to want to see."
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Do the others agree?
Rose didn't comment, but Irving certainly has respect for Wall.
"He makes their team go," Irving told ESPN.com about Wall. "He's such a great point guard in our league and he just makes everybody better out there. And that's what separates him from all the guards. He has a change of pace now that he didn't have in his first year, but now the game is slowing down for him so much and he's become so much better."
Who is the best?
This summer, Rose and Irving played together on the FIBA World Cup team. Irving took home the MVP while while Rose was inconsistent and injured on the bench.
That sounds a lot like how this season has gone for Rose.
Wall, however, has been leading his team to success so far this season. Wall certainly has a better supporting cast this year and, over the offseason, his injured backcourt mate Bradley Beal declared the Wizards have the best backcourt in the Eastern Conference. After that, the Cavaliers' Dion Waiters disagreed.
"It's just talk, you know what I mean? It's competitive, though," Wall said. "You're never going to want to say somebody else has a better backcourt. That's just how you are. But when I get on the court and play, it's the Washington Wizards versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's not me and Bradley Beal versus Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. I mean, that's what people like to see. That's how you make the game more exciting, and it makes the game more intense. But you know, we're playing for the team that we have across our chest and our city. So, that's who I go out there and compete for every night."