Ranking John Wall's 5 Most Dangerous Offensive Moves
Anyone who attempts to guard Wall risks ending up on SportsCenter for all the wrong reasons.
Whether he’s lulling defenders to sleep on the perimeter or freezing defenders lifeless by way of his blazing speed en route to the basket, Wall has the moves to embarrass anyone who attempts to stand in his way.
Here are John Wall’s five most dangerous moves.
Note: All stats compiled from stats.NBA.com.
5. Step Back
The step back can leave an opponent with his face to the ground if executed properly.
For those guarding Wall, his step back will more than likely bring the aforementioned about.
If you don't think so, ask Steve Nash and he’ll tell you.
During Washington's visit to the Staples Center last season, Wall pulled off a crossover-step back combo that would make Allen Iverson nod in approval. What makes the play even sicker is that Wall pulled off the move right beside the spot where Iverson performed the infamous step over on Tyronn Lue 12 years ago.
Now that's awesome.
Well, it’s time that John Wall’s name be mentioned in that conversation.
Anybody that caught a few Wizards games last season knows how dangerous Wall is when big men meet him in the lane.
Yes, that man Wall is pretty good.
3. Pull-Up Jump Shot
John Wall is on the verge of superstardom
Now, I know it may seem strange to see “John Wall” and “jump shot” mentioned together.
If that is weird, prepare yourself for this one: Wall’s pull-up jumper is developing into one of the best in the game.
Throughout many of Wall’s 49 games played last season, it seemed as if he couldn’t miss.
During Washington's matchup against Memphis, Wall obliterated the defense, nailing jumper after jumper. Moreover, Wall scored a career-high 47 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field.
Now that’s the definition of putting in work.
Wall has one of the craziest crossovers in the game.
Point guard Ishmael Smith knows this all too well.
During the third quarter of Washington’s contest against the Orlando Magic, Wall put Smith on his knees by way of a crisp crossover leading into a sharp behind-the-back dribble.
After that move, Wall had to have been feeling good, and rightfully so. Sadly, one can’t say the same for Smith.
Whether he’s going in front or between the legs, watch out—anyone standing in Wall's way is bound to get shook.
1. Spin Dribble
John Wall has mastered the art of the spin.
A spin dribble involves a rapid change of direction and, if performed properly, will leave defenders staggered and confused.
In the above video, Wall sprints out on the break and majestically spins in the paint for the layup. Although a 39-year-old Jason Kidd was the recipient in that example, you have to admit that Wall’s spin dribble is a thing of beauty.
Possessing the perfect balance of speed and control, Wall’s spin dribble has become one of the premier moves in all of basketball.