John Wall has proven to be a franchise player delivering a great season after signing a big contract of nearly $80 million. In the context of a disappointing season for RGIII’s Washington Redskins, John Wall’s Wizards have been the shining light of hope and excitement in capital city. Averaging 19.7 points, 8.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.9 steals, John Wall has led the Wizards to a sixth seat in the Eastern conference with a winning record of 35-32.
John Wall is and by far has been a major contributor to this good season in Washington. He is now a Star and an All-Star in this league. Wall has grown into one of the best point guard in the world. Since he already was one if the fastest point guard, competing for that unofficial title with Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker, he understood that he solely had to improve his jump shooting to become a complete player. And this season has been a rewarding public demonstration of the hard work he put in the summer.
What else does he need to improve on?
Well, if I was John Wall’s coach, I would give him additional individual assignment for him to improve. First assignment would be to become a better one on one defender. Championship winning team are built by defense, and team leaders and franchise players have to set the tone and be one of the team best defenders. John Wall is a star in this league we already have establish that as a fact. However, he is not the only good player at this position. There are elite point guards all over the league. He has to play elite Superstar point guards such as Tony Parker and Chris Paul, established and rising star point guards such as Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Mike Conley Jr., Kyrie Irving, Monte Ellis, and Goran Dragic, all of which are playing lights out, on a nightly basis. And on his “rest days ” he has to go up against young upcoming stars such as Jeff Teague, Jrue Holiday, Trey Burke, D.J. Augustin, Eric Bledsoe and more than average guards such as Raymond Felton, George Hill, Brandon Jennings and veteran solid point guards like Kirk Henrick. He has to guard them every night, so his one on one defense and his team defense, rotation, switch, and communication skills, are going to be decisive if he wants to take his team deep into the playoffs.
Second, John Wall is a point guard that makes his team and teammates better. He has to continue to be a leader on and off the court. He has to develop a relationship with his teammates that will allow him ask the world of them in terms of rebounding, defense, energy and toughness, while he feeds and stets them up offensively. This balance is rarely achieved, yet it often makes the difference between a good point guard and a great championship winning point guard. With nearly nine assist per night he is certainly moving in the right direction.
Third and last, his shot selection will be the key between success and stagnation. I am firm believer even an era of high volume shooting and scoring point guards, a point guard should not more than 16 times, this excludes clutch time which is not require every nights. Wall has to take 16 shots per games. That is four per quarters, and he should make 2/4, or better, and go to the line at least once per quarter. By my count that is at least four to six points per quarter since Wall is an 81% free throw shooter. Therefore, he would be scoring between 16-24 points while shooting the basketball only 16 times. Not overshooting the ball will allow to focus on setting his teammates up to get them involve de facto raising the level of his team’s performance.
John Wall dominates the ball because he is the point guard. He can create his own shots, but some of his teammates cannot that’s the reason to get better rebounding, defense and shot blocking he has to get his teammates involved. It is his job as the starting point guard and his responsibility as the team leader to achieve this.
How well he does in those three distinct areas will determine whether or not he will be great and a championship winner player for he already is a star.