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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters has responded to Bradley Beal and dismissed his view that the Washington Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal told reporters on Monday that he believed he and John Wall are “definitely the best backcourt in the league”.
That didn’t sit well with Waiters and he thinks differently, claiming that he and Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving make up the best backcourt in the NBA and they will prove so in the coming season.
While this promises to ignite a new exciting rivalry between a quartet of the league’s top young talents, the numbers would suggest that the Wizards pairing has the edge, particularly given that they achieved better team results over the last few years too.
“That’s nonsense,” Waiters said after practice Tuesday.
“(Beal is) supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he’s not messing with me and Ky (Kyrie Irving). I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young backcourt. That’s all.”
Beal was selected with the No.3 overall pick in the 2012 Draft and has averaged 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists so far in his NBA career, That is in comparison to Waiters, who has put up 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his first two years.
Meanwhile, John Wall was selected with the No.1 overall pick in 2010 and has gone on to average 17.7 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Irving was top pick in 2011, and has averaged 20.7 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Admittedly the stat lines are arguably too close to decide who is the better pairing, but with the Wizards finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference and competing in the playoffs last year, they will be happier with their results as the Cavs have toiled.
However, despite finishing 10th in the East with a 33-49 record last season, the additions of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Mike Miller this summer are likely to ensure that the dynamic completely changes.
Whether or not that will help Irving and Waiters grow or stall their development remains to be seen, and new coach David Blatt will have a significant task on his hands in meshing all the talent together immediately as the pressure will be on his shoulders from the off.