If you're enough of a hopeless Wizards addict to read Midseason Grades on a Tuesday afternoon, you probably remember when Stan Van Gundy was asked about John Wall on January 2nd and said "I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around."
He added, "I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.”
Wall hadn't played a game all year at that point, the team was a mess, and it felt like Van Gundy wasn't so much piling on as stating the obvious. Now it's more complicated.
With Wall back the Wizards have been transformed from an unwatchable disgrace to... something watchable? They've gone 10-8 since Wall's return with wins over the Bulls, Knicks, Clippers, Nets, and Nuggets. And losses to the Kings (twice), Pistons, Jazz, and Sixers. Still, there's hope for the first time in three years. With Wall back the Wizards run, play D, and it's all pretty chaotic on offense, but it's fun to watch them figure it out on the fly. With Wall around, they usually do.
The numbers echo all this: Wall's made the Wizards more efficient on offense AND defense, they're scoring more fast break points, and the whole team's shooting has improved. For a Wizards team that spent two months finding new, impossible ways to lose, Wall helps them find a way to win. That's what a great player can do.
Midseason grades: Is John Wall a franchise player?
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