John Wall breaks down his defender with a vicious crossover, darts around a second, and spins against a third to kick the pass out for a wide-open corner three. The three bricks off the iron and the Wizards most likely lose the game, a trend in a disappointing 19-19 start.
The point god out of Raleigh, N.C. is having a career-best year, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.3 steals per game. He is also having the most efficient season of his entire career, producing a PER of 23.2.
The Wizards need to bring in some frontcourt help for John Wall if he wants to stay in contention for the league’s best point guard with perennial playoff winners like Russell Westbrook, James Harden, or Kyrie Irving.
By the beginning of January, it seemed the hawks were ready to start a fire sale, trading away Kyle Korver and seemingly shopping their best remaining player, Paul Millsap. With resurgence to the top of the playoff standings in a weak eastern conference, the Hawks have taken their star stretch forward off the block. That does not mean they won’t part with him if things start to go awry.
On the year Millsap is posting better than his career average numbers, with 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists a game. Millsap’s value to the Wizards comes in his ability to stretch the floor and play strong defense against multiple positions.
John Wall already runs the pick and roll to perfection but does not have the combo big man that can shoot from all distances. Markieff Morris is a serviceable four-man but shoots 30% from deep for his career. Millsap can immediately come in strike fear into opposing defenses, opening up space for John to drive and dish.
People tend to look past the fact that Millsap is a world-class defender. One of the Wizards biggest problems is defending against the three-ball, particularly big men that can shoot. Last year he was elected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team and contributed 6.0 defensive win shares. He would come in and be able to make an immediate impact with the starting unit.
Rumors have constantly swirled around the 6ft 9in small forward out of Fresno State. The Pacers are having a very disappointing season even though they sit in the 5th spot in the East. George individually is having a down year, with expectations extremely high for the formerly acclaimed superstar.
John Wall is playing the most minutes of his career and controlling the ball just as much as usual. Bradley Beal exhibits tremendous flashes as a secondary ball handler, but in today’s NBA teams need three stars. Adding George to the combo of John and Brad would create an immediately formidable “Big 3.”
To make this happen the Wizards would most likely have to depart with two of their starters, Otto Porter being an integral piece of the exchange. After a few more weak performances from their franchise player, the Pacers might be willing to clear house and see what prospects they can get.
John would receive immediate star level help, giving him a true playmaker to take over the load when he is forced to his eight minutes a game of allotted bench time.
The most fun of the potential pairings, DeMarcus Cousins could immediately move into a Washington lineup in desperate need of frontcourt scoring. On the year Big Cous’ is putting up gaudy numbers, with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists a game, the man is a bonafide superstar.
Cousins and Wall have had a strong friendship going back to their one year as Wildcat Freshman for Kentucky. Reports came out in late November that DeMarcus would love for John to come sign as a King. The more likely scenario occurs with DeMarcus ending up among a better roster in Washington.
The two stars would form an offensive duo akin to the likes of Wade and Shaq during their mid-2000s Heat championship. The pick and roll would be unstoppable, with the combination of speed, dribbling, mid-range shooting, and finishing ability unparalleled by any other combo around the league.
Cousins and the Kings are reportedly on track to sign a long-term extension, rumored to be worth more than 200 million. If numbers don’t match on both ends, or the Kings simply remain terrible, the Wizards might be able to steal away the best scoring big man in today’s NBA.