The 20-year-old became the youngest player in 25 years to collect at least 25 points, 10 assists and eight steals in the same game.
While credit is clearly due to the speedster who—according to ESPN’s SportsScience—can run faster while dribbling a basketball than Kevin Durant can run without a ball, turnovers have emerged as a point of concern.
In five games this season Wall has committed a total of 29 turnovers, averaging out to just under six turnovers per contest.
Amongst all starting PG’s who have averaged at least 30 MPG this season, Wall currently ranks second to worst in A/T ratio (Steve Nash being the worst thus far), dishing out just 1.65 assists per turnover.
Wall’s competition, Blake Griffin, has played nothing short of spectacular in seven games this year, posting 18.1 points per game and 11 boards on 50 percent shooting from the field.
Will turnovers put John Wall‘s chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award in jeopardy as the season drags on?
With Gilbert Arenas back in action, Wall should see a steady decline in overall numbers; assuming his turnovers decrease as well.
But how low can they possibly go?
During Wall’s one season at Kentucky, he managed to dish out 6.5 assists per contest while turning the ball over four times per game (his assist-to-turnover ratio was 1.62 for the year).
Wall’s advantageous speed enables him to blow by his opponents for quick finishes at the rim, but it seems like it could also be playing a factor in his turnover rate issue.
The season is still very young and Wall could certainly learn to fix his biggest weakness. His chances of winning the ROY award will go to the wire with Blake Griffin this year.
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