John Wall Continuing to Show His Huge Value to Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards had a record of only 5-28 to start their 2012-2013 NBA season, largely because John Wall was out, recovering from an injury. A pretty good indicator that his absence was the reason that the team was hurting to start the season is the fact that the Wizards are 21-17 since Wall returned to the lineup.
When Wall first returned he was obviously still getting acclimated to playing professional basketball once again. It was obvious that he still had the skill that he always had, but his timing and rhythm was obviously not normal when he first got back on the floor. With how he’s played recently, though, that seems like it was forever ago.
Over the month of March, Wall has arguably been one of the 10 best players in the entire league. In the 15 games that he’s played this month he has been on the floor for 35.8 minutes per game and has averaged 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. More important than his numbers, Wall has also shot 49.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three.
Considering the fact that Wall has garnered a reputation of being a below-average jump-shooter, the fact that Wall has such a high field goal percentage and is knocking down the few threes that he’s taking is a big deal. It shows that he’s working on his weaknesses and is progressing as an NBA player.
Though his stats have been widely noted as impressive as has his improved shooting, another impressive thing that’s gone relatively unnoticed is how Wall has managed to stay healthy while most of his team is dealing with injuries. Wall is one of just three players that has played in all 15 games the Wizards have played this month. This means that he is shouldering the bulk of the load for the team, but still hasn’t crumbled. The future undoubtedly looks bright in D.C. with Wall at the helm.
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