74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 67

Reason 67: How will John Wall Fair In His Sophomore Season?


After averaging an impressive 16.4 points, 8.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in his rookie season in Washington, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft will look to improve in his second season. Although electrifying and having the ability to get to the rim (7.24 FT attempts per 48 minutes), the speedy guard from Kentucky hasn’t shot the ball particularly well – shooting 40.9 % from the field, 29.6% from three-point range and 76.6% from the foul line. With the addition of foreign forward Jan Vesely via the NBA draft, defenses won’t be able to focus enitrely on Wall this season. With another year experience in the League, teammates like Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche and Yi Jianlian should benefit with more open looks by the way of Wall’s penetration and kick out ability. Defenses have trouble staying in front of Wall, and if he developed a consistent jump shot, Wall could turn into a spectacular offensive specimen. Finishing in third to last place in the Eastern Conference last season with a 23-59 mark, Wall and the Wizards will look to press forward in making strides in the East. Look for Wall to make strides in his game in preparation for next season, while inching closer to the top tier of point guards in the conference.

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