The Washington Wizards fell short to the Indiana Pacers 93-80 last night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Having missed the playoffs since 2008, reaching the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference in the NBA Playoffs is a major success for the once struggling Wizards.
One bright spot for the Wizards right now is former Kentucky Wildcat, John Wall. Wall is continually improving his game. The Wizards have a strong point guard leading their team and it’s probably safe to say he isn’t going anywhere for a while.
If you remember, John Wall was a star when he was at Kentucky, so it was expected he would make a major impact immediately in the NBA. That wasn’t the case, but rarely are rookies complete season changers.
During the post season, in the 11 games played, Wall was averaging 38.2 minutes per game, shooting 36.6% from the field, 21.9% from three-point territory and 76.5% from the free throw line. Those are pretty solid numbers for the point guard, however, his averages were a bit higher in all categories besides minutes played during the regular season, but then again, there were more games to base these statistics off of.
Wall was also averaging 4.0 rebounds per game, from 4.1 in regular season and 7.1 assists per game compared to 8.8 from regular season. Pretty consistent for the point guard.
The assist category is the most impressive dynamic of John Wall’s game these days. He only trails Chris Paul as the leader of assists averaged per game. His growth and development in that part of his game has been a complete game changer for the Wizards. He is on the rise as becoming one of the best point guards the NBA has seen.
However, the Wizards success doesn’t simply ride on the shoulders of John Wall. There are a handful of other players who play just as much of a factor, but Wall, being the point guard has to set up plays for these other players to be able to shine. The new acquired talent added with the veteran experience over the past few seasons for the Wizards have been season savers.