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Washington Wizards: John Wall Is the NBA’s Best Point Guard

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COMMENTARY | Finally turning his vast potential into high-level production, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has emerged as the league's premier player at his position.

Leading the way for a resurgent Wizards team that's playing well after a dreadful start, Wall has taken his game to the next level as of late.

Here's why Wall deserves the distinction of being called the NBA's best point guard:

Wall is getting the job done scoring and distributing

Defending John Wall has quickly become a pick-your-poison situation for opposing NBA point guards.

If you play off of him, he's doing a better job of knocking down the perimeter shot, as indicated by his career-high 34 percent connection rate from behind the three-point line. If given little or no room to operate, Wall is using his blazing speed to get past defenders while simultaneously setting up the likes of Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster for wide open three-point shots.

It's not an accident that Wall has established career-highs in points and assists so far in 2013-14. It's a direct result of a young player developing a keen awareness of the important skill of knowing when to score and when to distribute the ball to his teammates.

Wall's becoming a great leader

In his fourth season as a pro, Wall has finally stepped up as the commander and chief of the Wizards.

He hasn't shied away from the daunting task of leading his franchise to its first playoff appearance since 2007-08. As the season was about to begin, it was Wall expressing to the world his confidence regarding the Wizards' chances of breaking their postseason drought.

When faced with adversity, Wall has proceeded to take his game to higher heights. With Bradley Beal going down with an injury, Wall has adapted by sometimes becoming more of a scorer than a distributor.

A great example of this trend was Wall's recent performance in the team's win against the Los Angeles Lakers, when he asserted himself on the offensive end by scoring 31 points while connecting on 11 of his season-high 12 free-throw attempts.

Whatever the Wizards need from him, Wall has been willing and able to do whatever it takes to get the job done this season. That's not only a mark of a player taking his game to the next level; it also serves as an affirmation of Wall's arrival as the league's best point guard.

He's been the best of the last men standing at the point guard position

Wall's emergence has taken place during a time when some of the league's best point guards are sidelined.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose recently saw his season end as a result of yet another significant leg injury. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo hasn't even suited up yet as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL. Brooklyn Nets stalwart Deron Williams has been in and out of the lineup as a result of nagging ankle injuries.

With some of the best and brightest at the point guard position missing in action, an easier path has been paved for Wall to enter the conversation of who's the NBA's best at the one spot.

Speaking of that conversation, give me Wall over any of the stellar point guards who have avoided the injury bug in 2013-14.

Los Angeles Clippers point man Chris Paul's been great as usual, but he's having a down year in the statistical categories of shooting percentage and turnovers. San Antonio Spurs veteran Tony Parker has played well, but Wall's been better this year. Portland Trail Blazers youngster Damian Lillard is an up-and-comer, but he's more of a scorer than a distributor at this stage of his career.

John Wall has been the most complete point guard in the NBA this season and, in my opinion, he's well-deserving of the title as the league's best at a position where there's certainly no shortage of talent.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards on Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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