John Wall joined Bradley Beal over the summer in what proved to be a futile attempt to convince Trevor Ariza to re-sign with the Wizards in free agency.
It's very easy to take sports matchups for granted because over an 82-game season, there is always another intriguing battle coming around the corner.
Flash back to March 2010, when John Wall led Kentucky to an NCAA tournament victory against Cornell in a regional semifinal.
Without Paul Pierce's defense, John Wall wouldn't have been in position to score the final 10 points of a second overtime to beat the Boston Celtics.
The departure of Trevor Ariza, the Wizards' best one-on-one defender, left a sizable hole in a defense that had been top 10 in scoring the last two seasons.