David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that Wasington Wizards guard John Wall lists Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard in his top-five point guards.
Only three point guards in the league have max deals -- Deron Williams, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. It's a lock that Chris Paul will join them this summer. And that's all. Even Wall acknowledges those four are better than he is.
"You've got Chris Paul, Russell," he said Sunday night. "Derrick right now. I'd say Kyrie [Irving]'s up there, doing pretty good. I like [Portland's] Damian Lillard. I'd say he's up there in that category. He's playing out of his mind, to play like he's a rookie. I feel like those years in college really helped him. I feel like they'd be the top."
He agrees, when Rajon Rondo's name is mentioned, that Rondo is better. He goes along with Denver's Ty Lawson, and volunteers Golden State's Stephen Curry. And that's the list. Eight better.
Neither Wall nor Lillard made my top 10 point guards list over at SI.com recently. Noticeably absent from Wall's list is San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.
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