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Wizards Post Season Awards: the Most Improved Superstar

June 20th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Andy Livingston

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This year John Wall became the promise mostly fulfilled of a crossover star. He was already anoited by the pedigree of Universty of Kentucky and NBA bound after a year, but Wall made an All Star team, "won" the NBA Dunk Contest, was a couple of votes away from mkaing the All-NBA Team and was a candidate for the All-Defense Team. 

Wall also lead the Wizards to the second round of the playoffs, became a meme in tandem with Bradley Beal in the House of Guards and went from star on the DC team to up and coming national star.

Walls points went up from 18.5 to 19.3, his assists went up from 7.6 to 8.8. His field goal percentage dropped, but so did his shot attempts and he played and started in all 82 games. His PER36 and PER100 also dipped, but this was indiciative of Wall slowing down and finding the team better than he had any previous season. It helps he was rewarded with a much better team and with Bradley Beal starting to outshine in the SG department, but much was said about Wall slowing down his speed this year and beginning to see the court better. Wall added these skills and realized his own stats might dip, but it would carry the team further. He also invested in his own statistician to help flesh out his thought process and it's not hard to tell how much it paid off.

Although the mess of the grading of the NBA Dunk Contest was less to be desired, John Wall's appearance was bringing the boys to the yard. He even doubled down on his dedication by including Wizards mascot G-Man into the spectacle.

Wall brought the promise of swagger with talent instead of the promise of swagger with, uh, Gilbert Arenas. With a continued experience, trusting again in the Randy Wittman system and keeping his guys around him, Wall is poised to go even further.


Tags: Basketball, John Wall, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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