Kyrie Irving has made headlines for a lot of reasons over the past year, but in the last few weeks is where he's looked closest to making the decision to never play basketball again. First were the rumors that if traded, he would simply retire. Then came the news that he would not be taking on the vaccine, even if...
Far-Fetched Friday: John Wall Will Have His Best Season Yet in 2021
By: Ryan Stein
It's been a looong time since John Wall last participated in an NBA game. Being forced to watch his team from the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles during a game back on December 26, 2018, it will have been over 2 years between Wall's most recent game and his next game. Achilles injuries are usually one of the most compromising to a player's ability on the court, so it makes sense that the Wizards would be overly careful with Wall. The abundance of caution will pay off in the end, as the 2021 NBA season (whenever that may be) will be John Wall's most productive season yet.
At the age of 30, John Wall is at the point in his career where he's either going to be in his prime or just entering his decline. A player whose game is as predicated on athleticism as Wall's is tends to drop off a little earlier than other players, especially when significant injuries are a part of their past. This won't be an issue for Wall though, as his 2 years away from NBA games will have provided his body with plenty of time to recover.
Also, while offseason rumors regarding players' health and fitness are usually played up a bit, news on John Wall's current athletic state have been all positive. Perhaps the star point guard has taken his extended absence as an opportunity to become a better shooter from range, a part of his game that has never been any better than average. Furthermore, Wall will have a lot of doubters to prove wrong as he returns, not only needing to prove he still has star talent, but also that the Wizards are ready to be relevant in the Eastern Conference.
Will Bradley Beal and a refreshed John Wall be enough for the Wizards to make some noise in the East next season? I believe so, and the best version we've ever seen of John Wall will be a huge reason why that is the case.
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