The Washington Wizards, on paper, have the base of a very good side.
With a pair of explosive guards in John Wall and Bradley Beal, they have a formidable backcourt that few teams can match for athleticism, and they have a nice knack for scoring.
But, do they compliment each other well? The Wizards could be one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference if they had better players around them, or is it that the pair does not bring out the best in each other?
We saw with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler; sometimes, no matter how good two players may be, it just does not work.
There have been constant rumours that the superstar pair does not get on, and one of the main alleged issues of contention lies in the difference in pay.
Back in August, Wall admitted he and Beal “have a tendency to dislike each other on the court," while Beal acknowledged he and his backcourt partner “lose sight of the fact that we need each other.”
Beal also said: "We’re at a stage now where, like, if we go at it, people are like, ‘Are they going to fight?’ ” Beal said during the interview. “It gets to the point where we’re about to fistfight but then it’s like we’re brothers at the end of the day. That’s just the relationship that we have. Nobody else understands it."
That's all well and good if you're winning, but they hardly are.
The pair have been together since the start of the 2012-13 season where Beal was drafted third overall in the summer. Wall was a first overall pick in 2010, and when Beal arrived there was a notable upturn in fortunes.
The Wizards would finish fifth twice in the east before placing 10th last season and thus, missing out on the playoffs.
This season hasn't started any better. They are current 4-9 and sit second from bottom in the conference, but Beal re-signed with the Wizards in the summer to the tune of just over $127 million over five years.
Wall, on the other hand, is in the third year of a five-year deal just under $85 million.
Wall insists that is not a problem for him, despite the fact that he holds better averages than Beal in all major departments.
"Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I'm not mad. I'm happy. He's my teammate," Wall said Friday. "He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can't control that."
Wall is averaging 18.2 points a game along with nine assists and 4.5 rebounds a game across his career. Beal averages 16.2 points, three dimes and 3.7 boards during his NBA tenure.
There is little doubt that Wall, who is still only 26-years-old, will get paid when his contract is up in two years. Whether he wants to do that with the Wizards where the power struggle with Beal doesn't appear to be going away, or if he would like to jump to a contender, is the question.