Wizards guard John Wall using USA Basketball snub as motivation

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Wizards guard John Wall is averaging 20 points, 8.5 assists and 2 steals per game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Wizards are set to pay John Wall $80 million over 5 years. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Seven point guards were named to the USA Basketball's national team pool, but Washington Wizards guard John Wall wasn't one of them.

Wall says that snub by USA Basketball will give him the motivation to prove people wrong. Those vying for the point guard spots for the U.S. Olympic team include All-Star guards Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving.

"It's nothing I could do. It's nothing I can say, and I don't want nobody to baby-sit me or try to make it work for me," Wall said to the The Washington Post. "They made their list, they made their decision, and that's what they're happy with, and I just have to look past that."

Wall is averaging career-highs in points, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage this season for the Wizards, after receiving a five-year, $80 million maximum contract extension in the offseason.

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"It's more motivation because I didn't make the McDonald's [high school All-American] game. I wasn't national player of the year. I wasn't rookie of the year," Wall told the Post. "So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong