Coming in to the 2014 NBA season John Wall was known more for dancing than actually contributing on the basketball floor. Although after starting last years season with a knee injury only to bounce back and show signs of how good he could actually be.
Many of the NBA talking heads discounted the Washington Wizards as ever being a contender for the playoffs, mainly for lack of surrounded Wall with the necessary talent, not because Wall didn’t have the talent himself.
Before the 2014 campaign began for Wall, and the Wizards. Wall signed a 5-year contract extension for $80 million, leaving many of those same talking heads to scratching their head over the Wizards decision to extend and maximize the contract of an unproven point guard.
Thankfully for Wall the Wizards had realized what they had in Wall, and locked him down for the near future.
The gamble has paid off in a big way for the Wizards. Wall has showcased for Washington the raw talent we saw during his time with the Kentucky Wildcats for the one season.
And with the emergence of Bradley Beal at the 2-guard, the Wizards have one of the most explosive back courts in the league.
Beal and Wall helped lead the Wizards to a 44-38 record good for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Fast forward to today and they hold a 1-0 series lead over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers after dispatching the Chicago Bulls in 5 games. Only the NBA champion Miami Heat won their series quicker (swept Charlotte 4-0).
Wall is scoring 17.5 points per game during the playoff run so far, and has added 7.5 assist, 2.75 steals, and 4 rebounds. All numbers are slightly lower than Wall’s regular season stat line, but the Wizards are winning games while he’s still making jaw-dropping plays.
For all indications that is exactly what Wall is doing, and it’s exactly what he did at UK as well. Now, for the second time, Wall has been a part of a huge transformation in franchises. Once at Kentucky, and now at the Washington Wizards.
All of Big Blue Nation could see Walls potential, and it is finally time for the rest of the Nation to see what we all experienced just a short time ago.
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