Not much going on last night in the League but, as always, there were former Kentucky Wildcats involved. And with Rajon Rondo still out, John Wall has solidified himself as the best former Kentucky guard in the NBA. A few more shots here and there and we are talking about him being elite.
In the era of basketball where signing a max deal seems to put such pressure on the player that their production falls, John Wall says, “naah that’s not gonna happen.” No, he didn’t actually say it but since he signed his max deal with the Washington Wizards, he’s been their best player by a hundred miles and has led his club to a 9-9 record, including a 6-2 home record. Not too shabby for the former #1 pick. Against the Magic last night, he was +26 in team’s net points while on the floor which was tops on the team. For the night he finished with 16 points, 13 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal in only 29 minutes, dropping his season numbers to 19 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.4 RPG, and 2.28 SPG. This is turning into a career year for him and should land him on his first All-Star team if he’s able to stay healthy. Not lost in this game was the Magic’s Doron Lamb. He played mostly clean up minutes when the game was already out of hand but still contributed to the tune of 3 points and a rebound. As the team continues to struggle, look for him to get increased playing time as the season rolls on.
In a bit of a surprise, Enes Kanter and the Jazz pulled off the upset of Terrence Jones’ Rockets last night. Coming into the game, the Jazz had won only 3 games out of their first 17 and Kanter has been dealing with a bit of an injury so they’ve been a little out of sync. Terrence started yet another game but played a sparce 18 minutes and didn’t have a very positive impact on the team, finishing with a (-14) point differential while out there which speaks to both his defense and the Jazz defense on him. He finished with 2 points and 4 rebounds. Enes Kanter didn’t fare much better for the Jazz as he only played 13 minutes and didn’t start the game. He finished with 3 points and 3 rebounds while accounting for a (-12) point differential in those 13 minutes. Look for both to rebound from this very soon.