We talk about "the leap" with John Wall as if he wakes up one day and realizes that he's actually a superstar. It doesn't really work like that in reality; it's more like a slow progression with peaks and valleys until the baseline performance becomes way better than what it was before.
But if it were really like what was described in the first paragraph, we might be in the middle of it happening.
Thirty-one points, seven assists in a 98-89 win over the Knicks. That's one day after 37 points on the road to keep the Wizards in it against the Raptors when the rest of his team wasn't doing anything. Earlier in the week, Wall had 16 assists and just one turnover against the Timberwolves. How many players in this league are capable of those very different kinds of lines?
Granted, Wall wasn't perfect tonight. He had seven turnovers and was a bit sloppy at times, especially in the second quarter. And granted, he usually kills the Knicks.
But armed with new confidence in his jumper, better effort defensively and more mastery of controlling the pace of a game, Wall really might be jumping into superstardom. Might.
If this is indeed The Leap, it's been fun to see.
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