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Is John Wall A Franchise Player? Time Will Tell

1:11 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Former Duke point guard and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams is busy covering Thursday's NBA Draft scouting combine.

Williams loves engaging his 142,00+ Twitter followers and asked the following question earlier on Thursday.

What's really interesting about this social media exchange is that Wall himself re-tweeted Williams' franchise player tweet. Wall stayed very even-keeled throughout the miserable 2011-2012 Wizards season, almost never showing emotions of anger. There was some frustration, but vocally Wall remained as calm as could be. 

No matter how much of a D.C. sports homer you are, Williams' question has tons of validity. Blame the lockout, or Wall's glaring need for leadership, or his jump shot, or the lack of talent around him; John Wall becoming a superstar is very much in question.

Take a look at this basketball reference chart I put together, comparing the second seasons of five other franchise point guards -- Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook.

Where is Wall lagging? He's fifth in field goal percentage (42.3), last in three point percentage (.071) and first in turnovers committed (3.9).

Where is he succeeding? He's first in free throw attempts (6.1), second in points (16.3), second in rebounding (4.5) and third in player efficiency ranking (17.7).

So it's not all bad with Wall. If the turnovers are cut down and a three-point shot is developed, the Wizards guard will begin the early phases of becoming a bona fide franchise guy.

I will say this though: the last team to win an NBA title where a point guard was clearly their best player, was the 1990 Detroit Pistons -- Isiah Thomas. So the Wizards need to draft the player they most think could become a justifiable superstar.

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