The Washington Wizards’ pitiful start to the season is clear proof as to how valuable John Wall is to that team. Before the outstanding young guard’s return, the Wizards started the season with 12 straight losses and ended up 5-28, but Wall’s presence has led to a 10-7 record since.
He came back from his knee injury with the same intensity and skill that we’re used to seeing in John Wall. As his fitness and minutes continue to improve, so does his production. In his first 11 games, Wall averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 assists on 26 minutes per game.
Since February, Washington has played six games, winning their last four, and Wall has been in the game for an average of 32.7 minutes. This increased playing time has given birth to 15.5 points, 8.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game and is making everyone around him better.
Wall is their facilitator and scoring threat, and as he gains familiarity with new pieces like Bradley Beal and the rest of the team maintains this newly found confidence, Wall will break out with an MVP-like second half of the season.