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John Wall’s heel issues have a clear impact on his ability to attack the rim

NBA: Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the number of shots per game John Wall has attempted within ten feet of the rim in December, which is...


On Friday, news broke that John Wall will visit a foot specialist to take a deeper look at the bone spur in his heel that’s kept him out of several games this month and affected his performance in several others.

If you’re looking for one area where John Wall’s lingering heel issues have affected his performance the most, just look at how he’s struggled to get the paint this month. In October and November, Wall averaged over eight attempts per game within ten feet of the rim. This month that’s down to 6.3, even with his monster game against the Lakers in which he attempted 11 shots within ten feet.

We’ll have to wait and see what the solution is for Wall’s ongoing heel issues, but they need to do whatever it takes to get Wall back to where he can be a threat attacking the rim because Washington’s offense with him on the floor has been rather pedestrian (just 107.6 points per 100 possessions) with him on the floor this month.