Here we are, just a few games away from the third straight NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While basketball fans everywhere complain about the snoozefest that was this year’s playoffs and how top-heavy the league is, it’s time to accept this is what the NBA is now. Instead of complaining, it’s time for more super teams to form. I give you the next feared team in the West: John Wall and the New Orleans Pelicans.
The forming of “big three” or more led teams has done two things. It has made the NBA more top heavy than it’s ever been, and it’s made mediocrity totally pointless. Winning 50 games is essentially saying you were the tallest midget or the best loser. It doesn’t get you even close to a title these days. That’s the sad reality facing John Wall and the 49-win Wizards. They’ll never be more than the fastest kid at fat camp while LeBron and the Warriors are battling out for ring after ring.
Don’t think that’s true? Just look at John Wall. He’s coming off the best year of his career, putting up 23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game on 45.1% shooting, all career highs. He made his fourth-straight All Star game, made his first All NBA team, and brought the Washington to a 49-win season for the first time since this team was called the Bullets. Somehow, that’s still not enough for Wall to invest in the future.
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The biggest question is, can you blame him? The Wizards just got finished losing in seven games to the Celtics, and are now sitting at home claiming this would be a better series with them in it as Boston fills in as Cleveland’s latest punching bag. It’s hard to even pretend you’re ready for the future when you lost to the team that’s getting dragged up and down the court like the victim in a World Star video. The NBA is different than what it used to be. Wall knows nearly 50 wins and a few points short of an ECF appearance isn’t enough.
“It’s very disappointing to us. Our goal was to get to the Eastern Conference Finals… It’s not a satisfying season to me.”
You’re goddamn right it’s not enough Johnboy. Players want rings. You know what they at least want? The illusion that if a few things fell their way, a ring would’ve been possible. This isn’t Neverland. The hard truth is Wall is never going to win a ring in Washington, so it’s time to take his talents to Easy Street.
This dream on paper can’t commence until after the 2018-2019 season when Wall’s contract ends, unless the Pelicans plan on shopping for him in the immediate future. Just picture it. The best front court in the NBA with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins featuring an unselfish point guard that create opportunities every single time down the court. If you didn’t start just doing the John Wall just thinking about it, then you’re dead inside. Or you’re a Wizards fan, which is pretty reasonable.
That gem of a song came out when Wall was still in college, dominating with who? DeMarcus Cousins. Let’s get the band back together, give AD and Boogie the point guard they’ve always been looking for, and let’s take down Golden State in a rebellion story that makes Rouge One look like it was some kid’s final project for a high school video editing class.
It’s easy to sit and complain about how Kevin Durant went full turncoat and made the NBA even worse than it already was. You can go through every roster LeBron James has ever been on and point out how many All Stars he’s played with when going through the never ending argument about who’s better: him or MJ. The simple fact is, this is what was created when the Boston Celtics got together and won a championship in 2008. You can argue that the only team that wasn’t littered with stars that walked away with the Larry O’Brien trophy was the Dallas Mavericks back in 2011. That’s right, in the past decade, we’ve had one team that didn’t have two or three superstars win a title.
You can dust off your rocker, take a seat, and talk about how back in your day teams didn’t have to join together to win championships. Now pour some lighter fluid on that chair and realize that’s not how things are going these days. Would it be great for Wall to bring D.C. their first major championship since the Redskins brought home a Super Bowl in 1991? Absolutely, but the fact of the matter is the current core he has isn’t good enough to bring home a title. If DeMarcus Cousins headed to Washington like he originally told his former teammate? Totally different story, but that’s not the story that’s being written.
Everyone always complains how these rosters looks like you turned on the trade override function in NBA 2k. Instead of making the same joke for the hundredth time, let’s make a super team elsewhere. The Pelicans could be playoff bound next season with AD and Boogie absolutely abusing everyone in the paint in the most dominating fashion since the Two Towers in Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson won back to back titles in Houston. The difference between “playoffs” and “championship” lies in John Wall. Unless you want to see the Warriors represent the Western Conference for the next five to seven years, bring John Wall to New Orleans, and let’s party down on Bourbon Street.