Saturday, September 18, 2010

John Wall is No. 47 on SLAM List of Top 50 NBA Players


Former Kentucky point guard John Wall ranks No. 47 on SLAM's list of the top 50 players in the NBA for 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt about the former Wildcat:

Wall joins AI and Rose as the only guards drafted No. 1 overall in the last 30 years. There won’t ever be another AI, but many have closely compared the two former John Calipari recruits. They have very similar repertoires. Both can pull-up and nail the elbow J. Their running floaters in the lane are dropping. They each execute the fast break at a pace quicker than most people can conjure a basic thought. Some say Wall is “Rose with charisma.” Yes, Wall is the one much more likely to create a worldwide dance party or to simply do the Dougie. Anyway you look at it, they’ll probably be the fastest two guys in the League next season. So go ahead and circle the dates that the Bulls and Wizards face-off right now: November 13, December 22, February 28 and March 15.

We got a taste of how the NBA version of Wall would look during the Las Vegas Summer League, in which he was named Most Outstanding Player, averaging 23.5 points and 7.8 assists in four games. He turned the ball over 16 times in the first two games so he’ll have to be more careful with the rock. He also has some improving to do on his outside shot as he was off-target on 7 of the 8 threes he attempted. A number of his dimes went to Wizards center JaVale McGee who is one of the young players coach Flip Saunders has to build around Wall. The team looks fit to push the tempo with athletic players at every position. The most challenging thing for Saunders will be to prevent three-time All-Star and former face of the franchise Arenas from dominating the ball. Something tells me that won’t be an easy thing to do, but hey, Gil did change his number for the upcoming season so maybe Agent 9 is more willing to play a secondary role.

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