Calipari: Wall set to have breakout season
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Saturday that former star guard John Wall will finally have the chance to breakout after the Washington Wizards stockpiled talent to put around him.
In an interview with ESPN 980, Calipari said the criticisms on Wall have been unfair despite averaging 16.3 points, 8.0 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game in his first two season.
Basketball analysts believe Wall hasn’t yet blossomed into a full-fledged NBA star like many expected when he was taken first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
“What’s happened is, you took a 19-year old and put the weight of the world on him, saying to him, ‘We’re expecting you to drag this team to another level.’ Well, there are no young guys [who can do that]. [Even] Anthony Davis isn’t that guy,” Calipari told ESPN Radio.
Calipari said Wall will potentially meet his full potential this coming season after the Wizards added a number of solid veterans and youngsters in their roster.
The Wizards acquire Emeka Okafor, Nene, Trevor Ariza, and former Florida Gators hotshot Bradley Beal to make one of the most formidable starting unit at least in the Eastern Conference.
“Now, if you have a good team, Anthony and John will make you better. If you remember, I had Derrick Rose. But the way the [ping pong] balls dropped, he ended up playing on a pretty good team. So, all of a sudden, he’s an All-Star in two years, and all of a sudden he becomes the MVP of the league. But he’s on a good team. So, what’ll happen is, as [the Wizards] build that team, John will come out more,” Calipari added.