John Wall appears dominant in stretches. When he gets a seam in transition, there's no stopping him on his way towards a layup or a snazzy dish to an open teammate.
He has the style points, and he also recently nabbed a contract extension that clearly shows that the Washington Wizards see him as their future.
Therefore, as he soon starts his fourth season, the pressure has never been higher. He should be their driving force that steers them to the playoffs. Anything less than this will be a disappointment.
Wall's numbers from 2012-13 were decent (18.5 PPG, 7.6 APG and 1.3 SPG), but there are vivid holes in his game.
First of all, his inaccurate shooting is a quandary. It is not catastrophic because there are other point guards who have lacking long-range jumpers but are still efficient players, like Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo.
However, even figures such as Parker and Rondo connect on considerably more shots than Wall. They can at least nail mid-range attempts at a better clip. The following table details how Wall even struggles in this area (stats were located via NBA.com/Stats).
This chart conveys how wanting Wall is from mid-range. Even point guards who are not known for their shooting are better than him, particularly in the 15-24 foot range.
This is troubling for the Wizards, especially in an Eastern Conference that is rich with defensive-minded teams. You can count on foes like the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers forcing Wall to hoist his jumper frequently. Until he tacks on that dimension, he may be flashy, but he's nowhere near complete.
Unfortunately, his shooting is not even the most concerning element to his game. It's his defense. His opponent counterpart per-48 minute production, per 82games.com, featured these numbers in 2012-13: 24.4 PPG, 9.5 APG and 19.3 PER.
He has a steep climb before earning a reputation for his defensive efforts.
With this in view, Wall may actually not be anywhere near ready for a franchise savior identity. There are arguably other floor generals who are much less-profiled (and less riveting to watch) but are actually as, if not more, productive than Wall. Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry and Ty Lawson are such names.
Overall, Wall is remarkably gifted, but there are components to his game that need to be ironed out. Until this happens, the pressure of saving the Wizards is likely too weighty.