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John Wall, Wizards talk extension
The Wizards selected John Wall with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft with hopes that he would lead a rebuilding franchise back to relevance. He's done what he could by averaging 16.9 points and eight assists per game in three seasons, but the Wizards still have yet to make the postseason -- extending the franchise's playoff drought to five seasons. Has Wall proven he's worth the big bucks?
This season's NBA rookie class benefited at the expense of last season's, as man among boys Blake Griffin spent what should have been his rookie season languishing on the disabled list.
According to David Thorpe's latest rankings, Griffin is running away with the NBA Rookie of the Year award. He's already thrown down some iconic dunks and has the normally hapless Clippers on a three-game winning streak. Griffin isn't the only rookie putting on a show, however -- Knicks fans are thrilled with the development of Landry Fields, Kings fans are loving DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall is doing some exceptional things in Washington when he's healthy. Griffin and Wall are destined to have big-time careers, but where do you see Cousins and Fields ending up?
During the same stretch of days in which Sam Bradford took his first snaps in an NFL preseason game and the Nationals signed Bryce Harper, Royals pitcher Bryan Bullington picked up his first major league win. We like our sports irony like we like our coffee, thick and served up by someone from Kansas City.
Eight years ago, Bullington was in Harper's shoes after the Pirates made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft. After all those years, he's progressed from complete bust to nice story ... but he's still a bust, at least until he repeats Sunday's feat about 50 times. And when you think about names like Courtney Brown, David Carr, Matt Bush, Kwame Brown, and Alex Smith, he's hardly alone in that category as a former No. 1 pick.
So as Bradford, Harper, John Wall and NHL No. 1 pick Taylor Hall get set to begin their pro careers, who are you most confident won't be the next Bryan Bullington?
Is the hype and media attention surrounding this year's draft a bit much - what happens next year when there isn't a Harper or Strasburg to generate excitement?
I think part of my job and BA's and Jonathan Mayo's and KG's is to generate it. Next year's draft class is epic. It doesn't have the single star prospect, but it is freaking stacked with talent. Full transcript