John Wall has seen his share of critics since being taken No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA draft. Although Wall has averaged 16 points and 8 assists through his first two seasons the Wizards have remained a basement dweller in the Eastern Conference.
Gary Payton is now known as one of the best perimeter defenders in NBA history but he also saw his share of struggles during his first couple of years in the league.
Payton see’s a lot of himself in Wall and has become a mentor of sorts for the Wizards floor general.
“With John Wall I think he understood that he has to get better and he has to go work out and he has to go improve on those things. I think if he knows he’s not good at something, he’ll go workout at it. And that’s what I respect a lot about him and a lot about his game. And I know he’s going to get better because I know he’s got the mentality that he wants to get better, he wants to learn from other people, he wants to take advice from people and he wants to get better."