John Wall Will Finally Return To Full Health Next Season

Nicholas Sciria

After a disappointing season in Washington, the Wizards' star point guard decided to pursue surgery this offseason to repair both of his knees. Just one year after a seemingly positive season that included 46 wins and a second-round playoff appearance, the team has a new coach, and Wall may not be ready for training camp. Furthermore, Washington has to lure Bradley Beal back to town during free agency, and upgrade other parts of the roster if the Wizards are going to contend in the Eastern Conference next season. Despite this, Wall has an optimistic view for this offseason, and the future as a whole.

In an interview with The Vertical, Wall discussed the opportunity the Wizards have this summer in terms of adding valuable pieces to its roster. Washington will have ample cap space with the salary cap rising, and it could lead to a big signing.

"It's a great opportunity for our team to build. We kind of threw away the last two years of just trying to win and not signing guys back. But to have money to go after another max player, it's an opportunity for our front office to do a good job – which I know they will – of trying to bring somebody in and then you got to go try to win."

"It's going to be like the first time I'll be really healthy and be myself. If you know me, you know I'm a person that's going to attack it like nothing else. I'm taking this challenge on. It's a tough challenge to try to rebuild everything and get stronger. It's a challenge I'm willing to take to come back to be a better player, and come back and try to have the best season I've ever had."

Additionally, Wall's injuries did not limit him in his ability to make his teammates better. According to Basketball-Reference, Wall was fourth in the league in assist percentage at 46.2 percent, just a few percentage points behind Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo. Wall's mark was on par with last season's number when he took his game to a whole new level in terms of passing.

Wall has clearly improved on his outside shot from his college days, but exactly how much is still to be determined. If he can continue to demonstrate a respectable three-point field goal percentage as he has in two of the past three seasons, then he will have supplanted himself as one of the best point guards in the league.

Ultimately, getting back to full health will be vital for Wall, who relies on athleticism and speed in the open court to do his damage. Wall should be able to return to form in the upcoming season, and because of that, his improvements will once again be on full display.

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