John Wall doesn't mince words in his new Reebok commercial.
"I just want to be the best point guard to ever play the game," he says.
Of course, Wall needs to prove he's the best point guard in the league at the moment, and this is an emerging golden age of young point guards with Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, among others. But during a promotional event for his Zig Encore shoe in Manhattan, Wall says he's up to the challenge.
"I think I stack up good," he says of the field. "They just have some years on me, but years don't mean nothing. I'm not scared of anybody. The main thing is that each year they got better, and that's what I've spent this summer doing, just trying to get better for next year. I want to average 20 and 10 and make the All-Star team."
Wall averaged 16.8 points and 8.3 assists as a rookie with the Wizards last season. He missed 13 games because of knee and foot injuries but he says he is healthy and his off-season practice regimen includes making at least 2,000 jumpers a day.
"Y'all gonna see the real John Wall this season," he says. "It just needs to go ahead and start."
Once the lockout is resolved, Wall predicts the Wizards will improve from 23-59 last season to a playoff team in 2012.
"We're a year smarter than we were last year," he says. "We lost 20-25 games by five points or less. If everybody sits back and accepts their role, then we will (make the playoffs)."
Besides lighting up it in exhibition games in Washington's Goodman League, Wall has spent the lockout getting back to his education. He has been taking online courses through Kentucky and is working toward a degree in business management.
"I eventually want to start my own business," says Wall, who was a one-and-done player at Kentucky. "And you never know if you'll want to manage your own stuff in the NBA. It's just always good to know the business side of it."
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