I will start off by saying the last five games, namely that Toronto victory, is the most upbeat and excited i have been about the Wizards since I have started avidly supporting DC basketball. It reminded me of when Arenas was in his peak, still my most vivid memory of NBA is his game winner vs. Utah, where he started celebrating before the ball had even hit the net. Arenas, our then Franchise player, was the reason I started following the Wizards over all other 29 teams from half the world away.
And more and more this season, I have started to understand how important having that franchise player is to a team. They not only put up beefy stat lines, but the good ones also bring a grit and determination to the team that both their teammates and the fans can rely upon.
Now before I go any further, I will clarify I am NOT comparing John & Gilbert’s 3pt shooting ability, but more so their ability to make plays at the end of games to get their team the W.
Looking at John’s ability to go into the final few minutes of a close game and execute plays that lead to buckets has gone from a wishful hope to almost an expectation for him to pull something off. Most notably of late I am looking at his dish to Nene at the end of the Pelicans game, then today his hesitation-layup on Hansborough, the block on Lowry and the steals to put us ahead 4. Not only is Wall looking more confident on the offensive end of close games, he is starting to look pretty darn imposing on the defensive end too, something Arenas never really was.
Obviously Arenas possessed an almost god-like ability to knock down 3’s at the buzzer and I don’t think anyone could expect John to become that kind of player, but my increased confidence in John making the right plays at the end of games really has me wondering to what level we can expect him to pull out wins for us in the future.
What do you guys think? I know this would not have even been in discussion a year ago, but I think it is an interesting part of Wall’s ceiling that hasn’t really been discussed.
However you slice it, Wall is big-time and anyone that doesn’t have him in discussion for best PG in the league isn’t watching enough basketball.