Wall: "Everybody's wondering why I'm playing a certain way, but I've been making midrange jumpshots all season. They just haven't been falling this series"
http://www.monumentalnetwork.com/videos ... ll-5-10-14
I've generally been impressed by Wall's self-awareness about his game, but that ^ interview was a bit disappointing to me. Why does Wall think he is a prolific midrange shooter? Does our coaching staff not employ statistics at all? (no need to answer that one) I read on Grantland that Wall shot more long twos than any player in the league this season, and he was below league average on those shots. His jumper is improving yes, but his delusions that he's some midrange savant need to stop.
The sad thing is we all thought Sam Cassell was helping him, but he may actually be hurting him. Sam Cassell in his playing days was a slow, unathletic guard who relied on his midrange game. For his career, he took a measly 10% of his shots at the rim. Nothing against Sam, but a 6'4 athletic freak trying to play like Sam Cassell is a terrible idea.
In his 2nd year, Wall took 41.3% of his shots from 0-3ft and finished at 61.8% which is fantastic. Ever since then, his attempts from 0-3ft have been trending downwards: 29.8%, and just 26.7% this year (for reference PGs like Parker, Westbrook, Dragic consistently attempt 30%+ from 0-3 ft). We all thought Wall could be Westbrook/Rose with better passing, instead he's gradually turning into Mike Conley with a worse jumpshot.
The perception I've been getting in these playoffs is that Wall really wants to prove to the world that he can shoot. Well when you're trying to prove something instead of just playing your game, you end up forcing it and that's exactly what he's been doing.
And not to pile on our coaching staff -- but I was watching the Beal interview, and he mentioned how "Wittman was helping him, since he played the same position".. well again, Randy Wittman in his playing days (from what I gather, the oldheads can correct me) was a lanky, unathletic 2-guard who made his living shooting midrange jumpers, which he happened to be really good at. The guy has never seen a long two he didn't like, and unsurprisingly he's carried that over into his coaching. Well call me crazy, but Bradley Beal modeling his game after Randy Wittman sounds like a BAD idea. Like, ever hear the story about that coach who told Kevin Love to stop shooting threes? It's almost as bad as that..