Yesterday on FS1, Nick Wright had some comments on John Wall that were interesting, to say the least. During Nick’s monologue, he claimed that Wall’s contract is one of the worst in the NBA, comparing it to Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
Wall actually heard Wright’s comments and responded with this:
Wall, now 29 years of age, signed a four-year, $171 million contract extension with the Wizards. This season, the former Kentucky Wildcat will earn a base salary of roughly $38 million.
In my opinion, Wall’s contract is not the worst in the NBA. There are contracts out there that are much worse than what Wall is making (we’re looking at you, Chris Paul and Andrew Wiggins). Will every contract you give out work? No, but athletes earn contracts based on what they did prior to being offered it. No General Manager can predict the future. That is what makes sports fun to watch.
How did John Wall earn the supermax?
Let’s travel back to when Wall got the supermax. The Wizards were coming off of a 49-33 season, winning their first division title since 1979. They were a young and hungry team, looking to make noise around the league.
During the playoffs that season, the Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games. They then went on to face the Boston Celtics in the second round, but lost in seven games. During that postseason run, Wall averaged 27.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 10.3 assists per game. Oh, he also hit that clutch 3 which helped force a Game 7.
That summer, John Wall signed his supermax. At the time, many fans and analysts alike believed that Wall was easily a top 5 point guard in the NBA. They also believed that the Wizards were a couple of bench pieces away from being a legit contender for an NBA Championship.
Fast forward three years and you will see people going out of their way to bash John Wall. During Wall’s time in Washington, he has battled bad coaching, bad front office management, and a lack of talent on the roster. It is truly remarkable what he has done despite these circumstances. While Wall’s body has taken a toll on him physically over the last few years, let’s not forget what he has done for this team. John Wall has helped put the Wizards on the map and that should be enough to justify his contract.