When John Wall was drafted #1 overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft, many NBA scouts said the former UK All-American point guard was the greatest point guard prospect since Magic Johnson. After a rocky rookie year, it was thought Wall would make significant improvements coming into this year. While he has improved his defensive game, averaging 1.6 blocks per game and 2 steals per game this season, that hasn’t been the case for his offensive game. Here a Wall’s offensive stats from last year compared to the 5 games he’s played this year.
FG %: .409
2011 Season (5 Games):
FG %: .317
Wall also ranks 168th in ESPN’s player efficiency ratings. Sure, Wall still has time to turn it around, but with essentially the same team as last year, we can’t expect to see much improvement. He needs help around him ,as does any point guard. As a team, the Wizards rank 28th in the NBA in field goal %, shooting a mere 39.2%. That’s costing Wall at least 3-4 assists per game, not to mention it makes him feel he has to force bad shots to help his team win.
So what current Cat would help Wall the most?
Gilchrist simply plays with an intensity and desire to win that would improve any team. His attitude is contagious, and would make every player on any NBA team a better player. He also showed his complete offensive/defensive game Saturday, when he scored 24 points, grabbed 19 rebound, and played lockdown defense on whoever he was matched-up with. Playing on the biggest stage in college basketball at UK, the freshman has showed the poise and composure of an NBA veteran. Against North Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and Louisville, Gilchrist has shot 55%, scored 18 ppg, and averaged 12 rebounds per game. Against the biggest competition, he’s averaged a double-double. And with his athleticism and Wall’s passing ability, the two would definitely hook up for many highlight-reel dunks.
When Wall drives in the paint and forces the defense to collapse on him, he can kick it out to Lamb on the perimeter, who’s shooting 48% in his UK career. Lamb would provide Wall with a consistent perimeter shooter, and would force defenses to collapse less on Wall when he drives to the rim.
This is every Cat and Wizards fans dream of seeing. The combination of Wall/Davis could potentially rival some of the best point guard/big man combinations the NBA has ever seen, like Stockton to Malone, or Bob Cousy to Bill Russell. The highlight-reel dunks would occupy ESPN’s Top-Ten Plays throughout the year. It seems like a pairing too good to be true…