After losing to the Boston Celtics in a hard-fought Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 matchup last year, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is working hard this offseason to help his squad take the next step.
That involves seeking out some of the league's top players to train against, as Ballislife has chronicled this offseason.
In the most recent episode of the popular web series, Wall makes a bold claim while training with Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
As you can see in the video below, Wall calls himself the best "two-way point guard" in the NBA, before the screen cuts to clips of him working out with LeBron and teammate Kelly Oubre Jr. at the University of Miami's training complex:
"I'm the best two-way point guard in the league," Wall says boldly at the start of the video.
While one may argue whether Wall is actually the best two-way point guard, it's impossible to question his offensive prowess.
Wall added later in the video that he enjoys working with players like LeBron because it forces him to elevate his game as well, making him a better player overall:
"If I'm working with anybody like that - him, Kevin Durant, whoever I'm with - I want to do better than them because whenever I step on the court, I feel like I'm the best player, no matter who you are," he said. "That's just my mindset."
Indeed, Wall doesn't lack confidence, and has unquestionably become one of the best players in today's NBA.
And, when you take a look at some of the leagues other top point guards - Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Steph Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry, among others, none of them are particularly scary defenders.
The only player who stands out as someone who might have a better claim to the "top two-way point guard" crown is new Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, who consistently ranks among the NBA league leaders in steals.
Still, Wall's offensive game has outpaced CP3's at this point in their careers, so perhaps Wall is right in his claim that he's the best two-way point guard in the league today.
Unfortunately for Wall, it may not matter how much he improves this offseason - Washington's fate will rest squarely on the shoulders of his supporting cast.
Guys like Oubre, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat and others need to have career years alongside their star point guard if the Wizards are going to get past the Boston Celtics and LeBron's Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs next year.