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John Wall Doing His Thing In Summer Leagues

Yea they are just summer league games. But the last few weeks he had been aggressive. Take a look. End of last month looking extremely fast. And a few days back throwing up 36 in a gallant effort in the NC Pro Am Semifinals.

Kyrie Irving vs. John Wall

                  

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Now this is a very interesting debate. Kyrie Irving vs John Wall. With the NBA lottery in our rear view and the NBA Combine in our midst there are already comparisons being made of the presumptive Number One overall pick Kyrie Irving with last years first pick John Wall. Even though Irving played only six games last season the scouts have already anointed him. One of he biggest differences between them right off the bat is shooting. Kyrie is a more polished shooter than Wall. Shooting over 50% in his short college career. Wall is larger, stronger and in my opinion one of the most explosive players in the game with unlimited potential. An interesting comparison is of Wall and reigning MVP and budding superstar Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

John Wall Stat Summary:

YR
MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
09 34.811 16.649 46.1 32.5 75.4 6.514 4.297 0.514 1.784

Derrick Rose Stat Summary:

YR
MPG PPG FG% 3FG% FT% APG RPG BPG SPG
07 29.2 14.9 47.7 33.7 71.2 4.7 4.5 0.4 1.2

The college stat line is quite similar though it can be argued that UK faced stiffer SEC competition. Now lets take a look at the NBA stats.

Derrick Rose Regular Season Averages
YR MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL TO PTS
’08 37.0 .475 .222 .788 3.9 6.3 0.2 0.8 2.5 16.8
’09 36.8 .489 .267 .766 3.7 6.0 0.3 0.7 2.8 20.8
’10 37.4 .445 .332 .858 4.1 7.7 0.6 1.0 3.4 25.0
Career 37.1 .468 .309 .815 3.9 6.7 0.4 0.9 2.9 20.9
John Wall Regular Season Averages
YR MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL TO PTS
10 37.8 .409 .296 .766 4.6 8.3 0.5 1.8 3.8 16.4
Career 37.8 .409 .296 .766 4.6 8.3 0.5 1.8 3.8 16.4

While Rose is still a better shooter you can see his development to where he is now from his rookie season. In a earlier post I touched on how the “one and done” players need a little more time to develop and Rose is the quintessential example of this. Will we see the same blossoming of Walla and Irving? Wall is clearly a play-maker when is comes to steals and assists. Now can he develop his shooting more is yet to be seen. Kyrie is coming off a serious foot injury so there are some concerns there. And Wall has also seen his bouts with injuries in his first year in the NBA. So who would you rather have the more polished shooter? Or a once in a generation athlete with huge upside.  One exciting thing we will be able to see is two electrifying players in their prime going head to head. We may have to wait till then to settle the debate.

New Beginning?

Do new uniforms equal a new beginning? Doubt it. They look nice, better than the previous uniforms. With John Wall entering his second season the Wizards should win at least 10 more games just off of his experience. If the Wizards don’t start adding significant pieces they will find themselves in the same position as this year, on the outside looking in.