Washington Wizards Midseason Player Evaluation: John Wall

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards looks on during the closing moments of Wizards 115-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings at Verizon Center on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

We've reached the very midway point of the 2011-12 season, which is kind of refreshing given that the All-Star Break usually signifies the 60-percent mark of the year. As such, we'll be running midseason evaluation threads for each player on the team over the next several days. Next up: John Wall.

(Note: Randy Wittman, Ernie Grunfeld and Ted Leonsis are tomorrow).


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - John Wall 32 36.6 5.8 13.6 42.2 0.1 0.6 10.5 5.1 6.4 80.4 0.9 4.1 4.9 7.5 4.1 1.3 1.0 2.3 16.7

ADVANCED STATS (via Basketball-Reference | EXPLANATIONS)

  • PER: 17.9
  • Usage rate: 24.9%
  • True Shooting Percentage: 51%
  • Assist percentage: 35.6%
  • Turnover percentage: 20.1%


  • AT RIM: 57.9 percent on 195 attempts
  • 3-9 FEET: 34.4 percent on 64 attempts
  • 10-15 FEET: 40.6 percent on 32 attempts
  • 16-23 feet: 30 percent on 141 attempts
  • Threes: 10 percent on 19 attempts

PLUS/MINUS NUMBERS (via Basketball Value)

  • ON COURT TEAM OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 97.95 (1,179 minutes minutes)
  • ON COURT TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 109.58 (1,179 minutes
  • ON-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -11.63 points/100 possessions
  • OFF-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -3.96 points/100 possessions
  • NET RATING: -7.67 points/100 possessions
SYNOPSIS: So much has been written about Wall's season already that it's hard to say anything new. What's clear, though, is that Wall hasn't lived up to whatever lofty expectations were placed on him when the season began. He had an absolutely horrid start to the season, and like a student who flubs their first year in school, he's had to work extra hard to shake the conclusions people made from that very beginning. Recently, he's been much better, but there are still plenty of things in his game to work out.

Perhaps that's an encouraging sign, in a way. If Wall can at least maintain his current level (like, February on), he's one of the best young players in the league, and he is doing it despite having massive holes in his game (his jump shot, his major struggles in the pick and roll, etc.) and a horrid supporting cast. To be so good and have so much room to grow ... that's something that can ease the pain for Wizards fans.

Nevertheless, what this season has taught us is that Wall's path to the top may go much slower than some expected.
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