Perceptions of John Wall’s tenure with the Washington Wizards have been obscured by factors that were beyond his control. He joined a franchise seeking to distance itself from the unfulfilled promise and scandalous end to the Gilbert Arenas era. His second season was delayed when the NBA locked out its players. A knee injury robbed him of half of the first 66 games this season.

In his third professional season, Wall remains a developing and somewhat unknown commodity; a talented athlete whose speed is his greatest weapon; someone who still raises doubts about whether a sparkling diamond remains underneath the unpolished edges. He has no all-star or playoff appearances, but this season, the Wizards are 18-15 with him in the lineup, 5-28 without.

In a wide-ranging interview Monday, Wall discussed his often-bumpy career, including why he believes that after this season he deserves to be offered the maximum contract allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, worth approximately $85 million over the next five years.

“You never know, but I feel like I proved myself for them to give it to me,” Wall said. “I feel like the organization, the ownership knows what I’m capable of and what I bring to the table as a point guard. I feel like I put the pressure on myself to push myself to show that I’m willing to be a max player. . . . I feel like I did what I have to and still want to prove myself. I’m still not done. I still haven’t reached my peak and I feel like it’s up to them to make the decision.”

The Wizards have budgeted to keep Wall with the organization “for a long time,” according to a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Teams are allowed to designate one player to a five-year maximum contract at a time, essentially forcing them to make that decision between Wall and emerging rookie Bradley Beal, a No. 3 overall draft pick.