John Wall has come into December on a mission, but that has not been enough for the Washington Wizards who are instead in need of a miracle. This month we have witnessed a monster in Wall, he’s putting up stats that are fitting of a two time All-Star, but what he needs are wins to justify his stats. The point guard is averaging 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 10.9 assists in the month of December alone, which isn’t even finished yet.
This month Wall is leading the NBA in double-doubles, that’s right even more than Steph Curry of the once defeated reigning champion Golden State Warriors. He is third overall in scoring average, coming in at 27.3 points per game. Amongst players that have attempted at least ten shots per game, Wall is hitting at a 54.6% clip which ranks sixth in the league. Wall’s three point shooting percent is 45.5 percent, which ranks him fourth in the league, proving his game is still evolving and being constructed.
That being said, the Wizards are sitting on a 10-12 record. Wall is putting in the effort, but it is not enough. The team is struggling with multiple players being out, including Bradley Beal. The Wizards are relying on their star point guard and he has proven to be reliable, but he cannot do it by himself.
With the Wizards going up against the heavyweights in the Eastern Conference, they will need someone to pick up the slack. Look at the playoff team from last year, where their bench was able to provide relief to starters and not skip a beat. With Beal speculated to be out until January, the Wizards will continue to rely on Wall and filter through players until someone steps up to give him the consistent help he needs.