By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
There’s a select list of lightning quick point guards across the NBA, all with viable cases to claim the title of fastest player in the NBA.
Different people have different opinions on who blazes the biggest blur.
But make no mistake about John Wall’s allegiances in this debate. His unwavering support is for John Wall.
“No,” Wall said, when asked if Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was the fastest player in the league. “I’m going to say myself.”
Ok then, is Westbrook at least second?
“It’s tough man,” Wall said in the postgame locker room Wednesday night, minutes after shooting 3/18 in Washington’s 103-80 loss to Westbrook’s Thunder. “There’s a couple fast guys in this league. He’s up there, Derrick’s up there, when he’s healthy. Mike Conley’s pretty quick. There’s a couple guys. Ty Lawson’s quick. So there’s a lot of guys, but I put myself first.”
Despite that unabashed confidence, Wall was still very complimentary of Westbrook after the loss, even admitting that Westbrook is at a place in his career Wall hopes to one day find himself.
“We’re both young, athletic, fast point guards and that’s very rare that you see that in this league,” Wall said. “I’m trying to take the same steps as he’s taken, being an All-Star, making the playoffs and that type of thing, so that’s what I’m trying to do. Give a lot of credit to how he’s working and how he’s helping this team.”
But don’t give him credit for being the NBA’s fastest player, Wall says, because the Wizards third-year point guard already has that locked up.