Leading up to the opening of training camp on Friday, we will take a look at each player on the Wizards' roster and what we should expect from them this season. Let's start with the team's best and most important player, John Wall.
Even though he is heading into only his second season, the expectations are monumental for the Wizards point guard.
The rookie of the year runner-up averaged 16 points and 8 assists last season, but the team struggled to a 23-59 record. As bad as the team was, Wall was spectacular at times and the Wizards expect him to be even better this season. As Wall goes, so go the Wizards.
The former number one pick in 2010, Wall is arguably the fastest player with the ball in the NBA, and his athleticism around the rim makes him a deadly offensive threat. Without question, Wall's shot needs improvement, and he has worked on that part of his game during the lockout-extended off-season.
The Wizards have said they are shaping their team with players they hope can keep up with Wall in an up-tempo fast-break style. Drafting high-flying swing forward Jan Vesely and athletic Chris Singleton in the first round was a move specifically tailored to get players who can run with Wall.
Injuries slowed Wall at times last season but if he stays healthy, best case scenario, he certainly could be in the mix for all-star consideration.
Wall is that good. Now if his team could just keep up.