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John Wall proclaims himself "the best shot blocking guard in NBA history"

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Washington Wizards star John Wall has a huge amount of self-confidence and is often not afraid to speak publicly about his skills.

This summer the four-time All-Star labelled himself as the best two-way point guard in the league and the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

He often doesn't care what others think about him and whether they agree or disagree with him. These claims are certainly not crazy after the career-year he had last season.

With these comments, Wall generally stuck to comparing himself with his peers but his latest statement has seen him venture into the history of the game.

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Following the Wizards' 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons, Wall proclaimed himself as the best shot blocking guard in NBA history.

This was after the All-NBA man produced two stunning blocks in the victory; one on a power forward and the other with 14 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"That's just me playing defence. I think I'm the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history. I'm trying to set records," he said.

His first block was on the bigger Tobias Harris as he rose up impressively to swat the power forward's shot away.

His second rejection was on fellow guard Reggie Jackson who blew by his man and attempted to finish at the rim but Wall was having none of it and sent him away with a brilliantly-timed block with the game in its dying seconds.

Per Basketball Reference, the 27-year-old ranks second overall among active guards in total blocks with 326, which is well behind Dwyane Wade's 802 who leads all guards.

Dating back to the 1946-47 campaign, Wall sits 10th overall in blocks, but moves up that list when you remove shooting guards from the equation.

The former Kentucky product received some high praise for his blocks from the rest of his team.

"It's the will to win, man," Bradley Beal said. "It's a timing thing. A lot of his transition ones, I will cut the guy off just so he can go block it. It's all about timing. He has great timing and great athleticism."

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Head coach Scott Brooks added: "Those are blocks that point guards are not supposed to make, but he has a special ability to make those plays throughout the game."

As well as his defensive efforts, Wall produced on the other end of the floor too as he posted a double-double of 26 points and 10 assists in 33 minutes of action.

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