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Climbing Up the Wall

  (photo by: www.usatoday.com) (pictured: John Wall of the Washington Wizards)

John Wall has gotten off to a pretty decent start in his NBA career but at times, Wall seems to fall under the radar. For a player who was so highly praised coming into the NBA, Wall has not gotten the respect or the attention that he deserves. He is somewhat of a diamond in the rough. A work in progress. However, Wall has progressed a great deal since being selected as the first overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Wizards and looks like he is preparing to take a shot at being a true superstar of the league.

Many critics want to take a stab at Wall because of the high number of turnovers that he commits but Wall does many other things that outweigh his mistakes. Wall’s career numbers over the past 3 seasons are pretty solid. Actually, they are quite good! Aside from his career average of 3.7 turnovers, Wall has averaged 16.9 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals during his time in the league. Wall’s numbers reveal his ability to impact the game in multiple ways.

At 6’4″ and 195 pounds, Wall is an electric player. He possesses speed and tons of athleticism. When driving to the rim, this 22-year-old is one of the toughest guys to stop in the NBA. Wall is an absolute blur out in the open floor and uses his speed to punish whatever point guard that he is matched up with during the game. He must improve his shooting touch, seeing that his career shooting percentage is only at 42.3 % and 24.3% from behind the arc but hopefully that facet of his game will come as he matures.

Wall hopes to improve from his impressive 2012-2013 campaign in which he averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 80% from the free-throw line. Unfortunately, he only played 49 of the 82 regular season games due to a left patella injury. Wall’s injury obviously hindered the Washington Wizards, who were 5-28 prior to his return on January 12. However, the Wizards went a solid 24-25 after Wall came back. It’s obvious that Wall is the leader of this team. If he can somehow help the Wizards to a winning season or a possible playoff appearance, this young man is without a doubt headed for superstar status. Wall already has a good reason to play harder, considering he received a five-year contract extension worth $80 million in late July. The Wizards are backing their point guard and plenty more most likely will back him in this upcoming season. John Wall is ready to take the NBA by storm ladies and gentlemen!


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