Van Gundy: Wall Not Franchise Caliber Player
Stan Van Gundy was asked if the Washington Wizards have the talent in place to improve.
“You know, I don’t see it, to be honest,” Van Gundy said. “I’d love to tell you you’re two years away; I really don’t [see it]. That roster doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I know they’ll be better when John Wall comes back. He’s certainly got talent, but I don’t know that even John Wall is a great player to build your franchise around. I don’t know WHO you’re building around, so it’s tough to even think about what the construction of your team is. That’s just a bad basketball team.”
Van Gundy said the Wizards’ prospects for improvement aren’t good.
“I don’t know if it’s a trade, a free-agent thing, but I do know this: you build a team around certain people, and then you find complementary parts," he said. "There’s been no one to even build around there. There’s certainly nobody on that roster now you can build around.
“I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.”