Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has already predicted that he likely won’t make the 2016 Olympic roster, but he’s prepared for the disappointment. “I probably won’t make it,” Wall admitted to reporters early last week.

Wall’s competition to make the team likely will consist of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving. While Wall has been among the top guards in the Association over the last few seasons, his competition has been popularized heavily—Curry has won a title, Irving and Westbrook both have Finals appearances and Paul has been an ambassador of the NBA.

“It’s tough, but I’ve been overlooked my whole career. I’m used to it. Just more motivation and fuel to my fire,” Wall told Comcast SportsNet. “My main goal is focusing on the Washington Wizards.”

While the news should be music to Wizards fans’ ears, Wall’s admission of the likely snub should be disappointing to fans of the 2010 overall top selection. Wall has been the franchise point guard that Washington hoped for when they pulled the trigger on his selection, and he’s stayed out of trouble while helping the Wizards renovate the franchise. His appearance in the 2016 Olympic Games would be a huge win for the ball club.

After years of mediocrity, Washington is back on the map after back-to-back playoff appearances. A hunt for soon-to-be free agent forward Kevin Durant could push the Wizards into true contender status if they land him, but the team is taking a baby step approach and landing Wall in the Olympics would be one giant maneuver. The Wizards are dying to push their name into the big lights and huge marketing profits that accompany contenders and teams with transcendent players. And while it’s clear that Wall may never enter the power star status that names like Michael Jordan and LeBron James have earned, he still has a legitimate shot at finishing his career as a truly great player—but that starts with an Olympic mention.

Wall’s remarks indicate that he’s accepting of his likely fate should he be snubbed in favor of higher profile players, but he shouldn’t be. He’s the face and the clear leader of an up-and-coming team and he has the accolades (Slam Dunk Contest Winner, All-Star and No. 1 overall pick) to back up the status. While Wall may be cool with waiting until 2020 to hear his name called as an Olympic participant, another sidelining of the 24-year-old guard and the Wizards only serves as another reminder for the franchise and its fans that they’re still waiting for their time to come.  Unfortunately, they’ll likely have to wait another year or two before the NBA as a whole begins to take them seriously.