Why John Wall Has Been Struggling and How He Can Improve

Kevon RobinsonCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Head coach Flip Saunders of the Washington Wizards (R) looks on as John Wall #2 gets set against the New York Knicks  at Verizon Center on January 6, 2012 in Washington, DC.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Let's face it, John Wall hasn't really came out and shocked the world yet.

The Wizards are winless, player meetings aren't helping and Rashard Lewis is having issues with Sam Cassell.

The Wizards weren't really expected to make a huge splash this year, but everyone expected Wall to at least make some noise. Rumors about his improved jump shot scattered among the Wizards nation quickly and brought excitement to the nation's capital. Just look at Derrick Rose, he spends a whole offseason working on his jump shot and ended up winning MVP the next season.

It's just that, Wall still misses shots just as he did last year. If you look at footage from offseason summer league games, Wall was hitting his shots with confidence and just dared the opposing defender to sag off of him.

Now Wall has pressure on him, the media is talking bad about him and the team HE is supposed to lead is now without a win after promising a playoff berth last year.

I'm going to be honest. I'm not too happy with his body language on the court lately, but you have to imagine what it is like for a player like John Wall (who only lost a handful of basketball games outside of the NBA) to do everything he possibly can and still struggle to put the ball in the basket or stop the other team from scoring.

Wall is a pass-first PG, so when his team has bad shooting nights, he will essentially have a bad night as well because he doesn't have the weapons in his arsenal to score like a Chris Paul or a Deron Williams.

All John Wall can really do right now is take what the defense gives him and keep his head held high, because the Wizards front office is going to start panicking if this drought continues. Having said that, they are going to be better players surrounding him one way or another.

Now just because he should take what the defense gives him doesn't mean he should just come down the court and jack up any shot that he thinks he can get off. But he has to realize that he can score as well. He needs to play his game and get to the free throw line, although he has been struggling there as well.

The Wizards can't go nowhere but up right now and hopefully they can start playing like a team again.