WASHINGTON — Caron Butler made waves recently for an Instagram post suggesting he’s not interested in bandwagon Wizards fans.
On Wednesday, the former Wizards great appeared on Chad Dukes Vs. the World to discuss that post and the Wizards’ outlook, and he dropped this nugget about current Wizards great John Wall”
“LeBron James is still the best player on the planet. He is the gatekeeper. But if you’re talking about the second-best player in the Eastern Conference, right now, I would have to say John Wall is the second- or third-best player in the Eastern Conference. So with that being said, anything can happen.
The only thing I question about Washington is their depth. … The coaching experience, they have that. The management, they have that. Team continuity, they have that. But the depth of, you know, going against a good Cleveland [team] coming off a championship season, they know exactly what it takes, they know how to raise it to new heights. That will be a question.”
Consider the slew of really, really good players in the Eastern Conference these days.
You’ve got James and Wall, sure, but there’s also Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Carmelo Anthony, Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Hassan Whiteside, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Andre Drummond, not to mention Bradley Beal. Wall’s only real competition among that group is probably limited to Antetokounmpo, Thomas and George; Butler thinks Wall might all of those players.
As far the Wizards as a whole, Butler reiterated several times they’re lacking in depth, but he thinks their star is bright.
“I still think they’re a year away, but anything can happen.”