The Great WallPosted on December 03, 2013 by Carlton Holliday Jr.
Two weeks ago John Wall earned the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor. Last week he followed that award up with another stellar stretch of performances.
Over the last week the Washington Wizards played four games. After two back-to-back sets, the Wiz finished the week with a 3-1 record with their only loss coming at the hands of the (16-2) Pacers in Indiana.
During that four game stretch, John Wall averaged 21 points per game. He shot 44% from the field off of 30 of 68 shooting. He also averaged nine assists per game with four rebounds and just over three steals.
John Wall is currently ranked 23rd in the league in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. Wall is second in the league in assists, averaging 9.2 per game while he is also fourth in steals, averaging 2.28 per game.
Wall is playing like a for sure All-Star this season. With elite guards Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets) all out due to injuries, the conversation as to who the best point guard in the East is up for discussion. And John Wall is stating his case for that honor early in the season.
Wall is playing like the second best Point Guard in the NBA, only behind Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers). Like Paul, John Wall, is great at setting his teammates up for open shots and great scoring opportunities and is a huge reason why the Wizards are 6th in the league in assists.
The former #1 overall pick in 2010 has lightning fast speed which makes him a deadly threat in transition and a one man fast break. His ability to penetrate through opposing defenses and dish the ball off to open shooters has proven to be Washington's bread and butter on offense in the half court. John Wall also has great vision on the floor. His ability to see open lanes and pick the pockets of defenders is just natural instinct. Wall's speed is what gets him to so many loose balls and gets him to open spots on the court.
Wall has led the Wizards to an 9-9 record. So far this season, the team has seen Beal, Ariza and Nene sidelined for some games due to injury. John is giving it his all and that is a key reason why the Wizards are at the .500 mark for the first time in his professional career.
Last year after returning from a knee injury that left John Wall sidelined for 33 games, he averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He led the team to a 24-25 record while on the court. This season with an improved and healthy John Wall, the Wizards are hoping to make a lot of noise in the Eastern Conference.
Playoffs?....That's right. Playoffs. The post season has been uncharted territory for the Wizards since the beginning of the Wall era and coming into the season that was mission number one for this team. They haven't seen a playoff appearance since 2008. With the regular season a month in the books, the Washington Wizards are currently 3rd in the East. Their goal of the playoffs is firmly in their grasp this early in the season and John Wall has A LOT to do with that!