By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on August 31, 2014
John Wall has stepped up his game since he came into the league, leading his team to the playoffs last season. Here are five reasons why Wall is on the verge of truly being elite:
Wall's offensive and defensive awareness have both grown immensely from when he first came into the league. Wall is recognizing many more situations than before, which has helped him to become less mistake-prone and make the right play on more occasions.
There are few point guards who are better than Wall in terms of getting into the lane. In fact, he may arguably be the best at doing it along with Russell Westbrook. Wall's speed allows him to penetrate the lane and either get to the rim, draw a foul or pass the ball out to one of his snipers behind the three-point line. Wall's ability to create havoc inside the arc is one thing that will help him continue to be one of the best point guards.
Wall has always been a terrific passer, probably better than most people would think because he can be such an electrifying scorer that passing sort of gets put on the back burner in favor of the other highlights. Wall's court vision is up there with some of the best point guards in the NBA, and that cannot be ignored, as the more he can get his teammates involved in a positive way, the better Wall will become as a playmaker.
Wall came into the league and could not shoot the ball from anywhere, be it from mid-range or from three. Now, Wall has actually increased his percentages and has become respectable from distance. The more Wall can continue to improve his shot, the better chance he has at becoming unstoppable. It is already hard enough to keep Wall in front on defense, but if he can knock down shots, its lights out for the other team.
Wall has completely bought into playing on both ends of the floor, which should be a scary thought for the rest of the league. When Wall wants to, he can be a lockdown defender capable of also playing the passing lanes and getting steals to push the ball in transition, which is almost impossible to stop once he gets going. Now that Wall is giving his full effort every game, there's no telling what his potential truly is.
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