It’s opening night in the NFL, but the NBA season is just weeks away. Washington is going to be taken over by football as usual, but the more successful team as of late will be taking to the hardwood in just a few weeks. The Washington Wizards will be gearing up to make another postseason run, this one hopefully including a healthier team come that time of year. There was a noticeable difference in the postseason with the absence of one John Wall, he’s rearing and ready to go as he just shared on twitter a short while ago.
Back in DC and Locked in… #WallWay !!
— John Wall (@JohnWall) September 10, 2015
The 25-year old floor general is coming off a stellar year, in which he averaged 17.6 points, 10 assists, 4.5 rebounds and just under two steals per contest in the regular season. He was injured in the postseason, but still tallied 17 points, 12 assists, with 1.4 blocks and steals per contest.
The challenge for Wall this year is to improve his personal offense, not what he does for others. He’s outstanding at creating for his teammates, routinely giving them quality looks. Even with hockey assists, he’s the guy who made the pass to the player who recorded the assist. His wizardry with the ball in the open court or in tight spaces is second to maybe only Chris Paul. He’s able to deliver good passes in tight spaces and on time to his teammates. This season it’s on him to continue to lead this team and force opposing defenses hands by making them have to account for him as a scorer on every possession.
Wall’s been adding to his personal offensive arsenal little by little each season, last year he showed off a floater which isn’t quite there yet, but it’s another tool in his bag. He’s also been working on his midrange game, if he round his game out offensively like Paul continued to do, the Wizards will be an extremely tough out in the postseason for years to come.
Today there were reports about LeBron James trying to gather his teammates together to workout with him down in Miami. Wall showed his leadership last month by inviting teammates out to Los Angeles for an unofficial minicamp. That leadership will play a big role this season as Wall will have to be that much more of a voice now that veteran Paul Pierce is now a Clipper.
If you’re a Wizards fan, you have to be excited to know that your team’s best player, it’s leader is back in town and focused on the journey ahead.