Washington Wizards standout point guard John Wall puts up tremendous numbers but still does not receive the credit he deserves. He is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference and here is 5 reasons why.
1. Finishing Ability
When Wall decides to kick it into overdrive and attack the rim, there is not a soul in the NBA that can contain him. In the 2010 draft combine, Wall tested at a 43-inch vertical leap. That same pogo-stick bounce is constantly displayed in Wall’s game today. At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Wall is big enough to absorb the contact from the trees inside and finish with no problem. When debating on the best finishers at the rim in the league, Wall’s name has to pop up. Wall shot 57.6% from inside the paint last year(stat via vorped.com), so just know that this man is efficient and can finish against the league’s best.
2. Distribution Skills
A lot of people forget about Wall’s willingness to put his teammates ahead of himself. Watch a few Wizards games and you will see Wall getting his floor guys going before he even attempts a shot. In this day and age, people are always talking about how true point guards are scarce. This guy is a true point guard. Yes, Wall could just average 25 points a game as a scoring machine but he chooses to be a floor general before anything. Wall’s 8.8 assists per game was tied for second in the league last year. He was the only point guard in the Eastern Conference to be in the top five in assists per game last year. Distribution wise, Wall was the best in the East. Point blank. The numbers say it all.
This guy is a four-year veteran. He has been through some injuries that have held him back. Wall has fought through some testy times. However, the star guard is still at the tender age of 23. He is a baby in NBA years and is already a promising star in the league. Plenty of talented players get drafted at 23! Wall has already established himself as a huge nightly threat for the opposition. Those young legs just keep on churning out on the floor. Can anybody stay in front of this young fella? That question was rhetorical of course. Wall is simply a blur.
4. 2014 Playoff Experience
Before the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Wall had never experienced a postseason run in his career. He and the Wizards finally got a chance to truly prove themselves to the world. In the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards surprisingly knocked off the Chicago Bulls by winning the series by a count of 4-1. After winning the first game in a semifinal matchup against the Indiana Pacers, the Wizards lost the series 4-2. Wall and his resilient bunch did not hang their heads after getting eliminated from the playoffs. They seem even hungrier this year. While Wall shot poorly in the playoffs, he still managed to average 16.3 points and 7.1 assists in his first playoff experience. Trust and beleive that the Wizards will be back in the playoffs because their newly experienced leader is even more keen and sharp.
5. Eastern Conference Supremacy
The era of being marred by sub-500 records looks to be a thing of the past for the Wizards’ franchise. Wall is a clear superstar nowadays. The Wizards have an improved roster from last year. Unfortunately, they lost Trevor Ariza but gained veteran small forward Paul Pierce over the summer. Wall has Bradley Beal as a backcourt running mate and two solid bigs in Nene and Marcin Gortat to round out the starting five. The Wizards could be the team to beat in the East this upcoming season. They have the pieces and they have an all-around point guard at the helm.
On the Come Up
All of these aspects are in John Wall’s favor. He is experienced. Thankfully, this stud is finally healthy. Wall can use his speed and athleticism to his advantage, which has made his passing numbers skyrocket. On top of all of that, the 23-year-old is a formidable finisher and can jump out of the gym. If the Wizards can improve from last year and truly become an Eastern Conference superpower, then Wall will solidify his spot as the best point guard in the East.