"And with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select...John Wall."
With those words, the NBA Draft started in Madison Square Garden.
Washington Wizards fans very well could have heard the words that will completely turn their franchise around from being one of the worst in the NBA to a playoff contender.
John Wall has been the consensus No. 1 pick for quite some time now and we all knew we were going to hear his name called. Finally hearing it called was Washington realizing that they had their future superstar.
Wall brings so much to the court that it's hard to really break his game down, but I'm going to do my best, so here we go.
John Wall is especially dangerous on the offensive side of the ball, mainly because of his quickness. I was watching a sports science show the other day on the Wizards' No. 1 overall pick and they stated that he was faster with the ball than guys like Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, and Chris Paul are without the ball. Judging by that statement, the first thing to think about is Wall's ability to get to the bucket.
Whenever a player has the kind of speed that Wall possesses, he can usually get to the bucket at will. His first step will get him around his defender and then, because he is so fast, he'll get to the bucket before the help defense can respond. Also, Wall's ability to jump up and finish strong with a dunk or through contact on a layup makes him even deadlier.
The rest of his offensive game is usually forgotten, but let's bring that up. Sure, he didn't average a ton of assists per game last year at the University of Kentucky (6.5), but averaging 6.5 assists as a freshman in college is absolutely outstanding. His ability to get to the free throw line reminds me of Dwyane Wade, where he's a 75 percent shooter.
Wall has an amazing understanding of the game of basketball and is one of the best players at the pick-and-roll I've seen come out of the draft in quite some time. He knows how to pass the ball just out of a defender's reach, just hard enough it gets his teammate to the bucket in the quickest possible way and that's a huge plus to a point guard's game.
I haven't really heard many people talk about Wall's defensive game, but I really think it's one of the best in the draft as well.
Wall's speed comes in handy on the defensive side because it enables him to contest almost any shot. He never gets crossed up and because of that, he can usually get back to put a hand in the shooters face. Something he possesses most young players don't do is the desire to play defense. He's one of the rare guys you will see score a bucket on one end and then get back on defense on the other end.
There isn't too much you can say about defense, but I'll finish with two more things. Wall has very quick hands, which allows him to get in the passing lane to steal or deflect the ball. NBA coaches love players who can get deflections because half of the time, those will turn into forced turnovers.