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John Wall: Just Let Him Play – 2010-11 Wizards Player Preview

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Updated: October 1, 2010

[Wizards 2010-11 Player Preview Index: Gilbert Arenas, Hilton Armstrong, Andray Blatche,
Trevor Booker, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Yi Jianlian, JaVale McGee, Kevin Seraphin,
Al Thornton, John Wall, Nick Young.]


The Intro.

-by John Townsend

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three months — no, three years — there is no way you haven’t heard of John Wall. If you’re still under that rock, well congratulations for making it as far as the internet.

Welcome to Wall’s World. Let’s get you up to speed …

John Wall is a man of many names. As a 5’8” high school freshman, John went by the name Jimmy. Now at 6’4” and as the face of Wizards basketball, he’s known as the Great Wall (of Chinatown). If you’re one of his “homeboys,” you probably call him Dice. Wall loves strawberry-flavored milk, can’t ever have enough Welch’s Fruit Snacks, and (can you believe it?) is afraid of the dark. I guess that makes sense when you’ve been in the spotlight all your life.

On the court, he’s crazy fast, he’s flash, he’s quicker than a cheetah. He can sprint faster with the ball than Kevin Durant can without it. He has a bigger vertical leap than Kobe. He is by all measures (excluding turnovers and a jump shot as smooth as sandpaper) a bona fide superstar.

Wall is police escorts, red carpets, and a multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

He is D.C.: the present, the future, forever. John Wall is “We”.

The Summer.

-by Adam McGinnis

To say Wall had a full summer would be an understatement. To use a popular tweet refrain by @jimmywa11…..Leeegggooo!!!

The NBA’s top draft pick was busy traveling around the country for basketball related activities, working out, chillin’ with friends, and moving to the D.C. area.

The highlight of his summer was likely winning MVP at the Vegas Summer League, and his one hand trick shot there that became a YouTube hit. He won an ESPY for best male college athlete, but earned mad fan cred by skipping the awards show to stay with his teammates in Vegas.

Wall returned to the Bluegrass State with an appearance at John Calipari ‘s basketball camp and suggested that incoming UK freshman phenom Brandon Knight should not be pressured by his success. He took a trip to San Antonio to visit friend Quincy Miller’s games for Team USA in the FIBA Americas U-18 championships.

He yucked it up with former UK teammate DeMarcus Cousins at the NBA rookie photo shoot, and ridiculously chose Ricky Bobby over Ron Burgundy.

Wall spent a week and half with Flip Saunders in Minnesota and at media day joked that all coach did was eat most of the time. He watched his Raleigh, NC buddy, Redskins WR, Brandon Banks, do his signature dance after scoring a touchdown in a preseason game.

Wall sat courtside for Team USA’s win over France at Madison Square Garden, chilled with rapper Bow Wow, and got an apartment in Washington.

Finally, Wall cashed in the endorsements by becoming the new face of Reebok, and he signed a memorabilia deal with Panini America. What a start.

The Perfect Play.

-by Beckley Mason

Initiating the secondary pick-and-roll series.

Wall and the Wizards are going to be at their best in transition. He will instantly rank amongst the speediest players with the ball in the NBA, but he’ll need to develop his range if he wants to be an efficient half court player. For now, the Wizards would do well to maximize their tremendous team speed by running early offense for Wall.

While all teams want to run primary or fast breaks, the best transition teams feast on half-baked defensive positioning by pushing the ball up court off of misses and makes. Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo excel in the semi-fast break by running their defenders into big men whose screens often come from awkward angles, leaving the big’s defender in poor help position.

In the half court, teams will key in on Wall’s drive. But in secondary break situations there will be more room to penetrate and fewer defenders in help position. Here’s how a secondary pick and roll series might look with Wall, Arenas, Thornton, Blatche and McGee on the floor.

1. Quick Outlet

  • Wall needs to find the ball quickly off of misses and makes then push the ball diagonally to the middle of the court.
  • No walking, Gilbert! The two and three fill whichever wing they are on, looking to get over the top or create a numbers advantage.
  • Blatche cruises down the middle of the court, if he’s well ahead of Wall, he can look to establish early post position. However in this case the outlet is quick and he runs parallel to Wall.

2. Wall Pushes up court

  • Wall gets middle and looks to hit Thornton or Arenas over the top.
  • Blatche rumbles towards Wall, looking to set up the screen.

3. Wall Pick and Roll

  • Wall and Blatche’s pick and roll will take some chemistry. As he finds Wall’s man, Blatche doesn’t need to get more than a bump on Wall’s man before he slips or rolls to the basket. There will likely be little help under the hoop, so Wall can dump to Blatche or take his first read which is turning the corner for a lay up.
  • Arenas lurks on the weak side. If his man fall asleep he can cut backdoor along the baseline. More likely, Arenas will drift to find an angle to receive the ball while Wall dribbles middle. This is also a great spot up opportunity for Young or Hinrich.

4. Trailer Pick and Roll

  • If the initial pick and roll is ineffective or Wall has McGee filling down the left side.
  • Wall swings to McGee and McGee moves it quickly to Arenas on the left wing
  • With Blatche, Wall and Thornton all on the weak side, McGee follows his pass and runs a side pick and roll with Arenas

The Stat.

-by Kyle Weidie

It’s hard to talk about John Wall’s stats without mentioning Dave Berri. Berri, of The Wages of Wins Journal and the books “Wages of Wins” and “Stumbling On Wins”, is not a fan of Wall. Or rather, he’s not a fan of Wall’s stats and thus, he is overall indignantly unimpressed with the number one overall draft pick — so much so that Berri took the time this past summer to write a post, “Are We Allowed to Say that John Wall Has Yet to Produce?,” criticizing a Las Vegas Summer League recap I’d written about Wall for ESPN’s Daily Dime, essentially because I didn’t mention Wall’s faults until the ninth paragraph. Perhaps stats on other people’s writing are the new frontier. Either way … good one, Dave.

But Berri has a right to his opinion, which, is a bit stronger since it’s based in numbers. Berri’s love child, the Wins Produced stat, has a lot of usefulness. However, it’s not the end-all-be-all in terms of measuring a player’s productivity or potential success; there’s play-by-play data and several other ways to examine and analyze the game of basketball. And well, no stat measured by man can accurately predict the future anyway. So, the issue isn’t really with Berri’s analysis, but more with his presentation, as if his way to measure were infallible.

In mid-May, Berri used PAWS40 (Position Adjusted Win Score per 40 minutes) to determine that John Wall was evidently a worse prospect than DeMarcus Cousins, Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Favors, essentially outlining that the Wizards should not pick Wall first overall. In reference to PAWS40, I’ll quote a comment posted by Real GM‘s Doclink, which was left on the blog post of a Berri cohort, Arturo Galletti, in which Galletti outlined why he thought the Wizards would be the worst team in NBA history in 2010-11:

“If PAWS40 has a flaw it’s that it fetishizes turnovers and emphasizes judicious use of possessions. That is, a player who shoots rarely but efficiently and who never turns the ball over, will look more effective than a player who tends to be a little more helter skelter.

Not bad. You end up with a team of careful players who value each possession. Which is a fine thing.

Thus a cat like Mike Miller looks like a great catch. He lead the league for much of the year in 3pt%, made smart passes, and even rebounded pretty well for his position (depending on how you define that position). Problem is it was non-useful to the team since he would never shoot.

It also means you end up trumpeting Joey Dorsey as the next great frontcourt monster since he rebounded pretty well, and never turned the ball over since he never passed, and his eFG% was pretty solid since he’d only shoot if he could dunk it. Didn’t quite translate to the next level though since he was 6’5″ tall in pumps, needed to adjust his game to battle the true bigs, and worse yet, had a piss-poor attitude. This last is key. In the NBA you will be given opportunities and the benefit of the doubt if you listen to coaching well and apply yourself to improve.” -Doclink

I am concerned about Wall’s penchant for turnovers. Even more so, his shot is pretty broke. One minute it will look flat and miss badly left or right (not long or short, how shooters are “supposed” to miss), and the next he’ll get an open look where he can take his time and knock down a long distance bucket with confidence. John Wall is 20 years old and a work in progress. And while a discussion of Wall’s college stats and how they may translate to the NBA is not without merit, it’s not exactly productive either.

If Wall emulates one of his mentors, Rod Strickland, as an NBA rookie (statistically, not metaphysically speaking), I’m sure Berri would probably have to keep his mouth shut … maybe just a little (but likely not).

As a 19-year old freshman at DePaul, Strickland averaged 2.8 assists per 36 minutes and 2.8 turnovers per 36. As a junior, his last season at DePaul, he averaged 4.2 AST/36 and 3.5  TO/36. As a freshman at Kentucky, Wall averaged 6.7 AST/36 and 4.2 TO/36. So, Wall’s 1.6 AST:TO ratio was better than Strickland’s 1.2 ratio with three years of college experience. Of course, Strickland did average 3.2 steals/36 minutes as a junior and 2.3 steals/36 as a freshman while Wall just snagged 1.8 steals/36 in college.

As a first year pro, Strickland averaged 8.5 assists per 36 minutes and 3.9 turnovers per 36. Strickland also had the third highest NBA rookie Win Shares per 48 minutes* (amongst rookie guards 6’5″ or shorter who appeared in more than 65 games) at 0.131 for a 1988-89 Rick Pitino coached New York Knicks team that won 50 games (league WS/48 average is 0.100).

Another example is Stephon Marbury. In his one and only year at Georgia Tech, he averaged 4.3 assists per 36, 3.1 turnovers/36 (1.4 AST:TO ratio), and 18.2 points per 36 minutes (Wall averaged 17.2 points/36 as a frosh). In his first NBA season under Flip Saunders, Marbury averaged 8.1 assists, 3.3 turnovers and 16.4 points per 36 minutes — much improvement on the ratios there, thanks Flip. Marbury’s rookie WS/48 was 0.77, which ranks 23rd, tied with Stephon Curry, on the aforementioned list of rookie guards. The Timberwolves finished with a 40-42 record in Marbury’s 1996-97 rookie campaign.

If Wall can provide similar production as an NBA rookie (and yes, I am only narrowly looking at some select stats — this analysis is very fallible), then Berri will certainly have to shed some praise upon him. And if this is the case, you can likely bet that the Wizards won’t be one of the worst NBA teams of all time.

But in closing, Berri reminds me of the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, or, as Free Darko once aptly put it (both of the previous links are must-reads BTW):

“Wages of Wins is as much ideology as science.”

Wins Produced does not provide much usefulness in actually predicting wins. It overly values low-usage, high-efficiency players. It does not factor in a player’s ability to create a shot. It overvalues rebounds while paying casual attention to defense. Mr. Berri really doesn’t have a calculator to stand on. But in this country, irrational outlandishness sells. And when someone combines intelligence with a pompous nature like Berri, he might as well be smugly selling snake oil.

*Win Shares/48 is a similar stat to Berri’s Wins Produced, but one that some in the stats community value more.

The Future.

-by Beckley Mason

For Wizards fans adrift in a sea of apathy and self-pity, Wall is a ragged strand of light that promises dry land. How much hope is folly? Can Wall really become the next great NBA point guard?

Projecting Wall’s progress over the next three years is a mind-bending task. I grasped for prototypes that might explain his improvement, the direction his game will take. While many point to Derrick Rose as an

obvious analog given their similar physical measurements and explosive athleticism, I’m not convinced. Wall averaged 1.8 assists per game more than Rose in the same Calipari drive-and- kick motion offense while putting up gaudier numbers in steals and blocks.

When you see Rose in person, it’s surprising how little he seems to dominate the ball or the game. His bursts of speed and talent feel like a slug to the chest, but he also has shown a tendency to fade from the game in his first two seasons. Wall comes into this year with a point guard swagger more in line with what we saw from Chris Paul in his first few seasons.

Paul may be the best point guard since Magic Johnson, so that’s setting the bar a little high. But expect this to be Wall’s team from day one, whether or not anyone says it publicly. He’s the Wizards’ most talented player, he’s comfortable with being the team’s (or game’s) dominant personality, and he’ll be able to get into the paint at will. Combine his attitude with his phenomenal vision and Westbrook-esque defense and you have a superstar in the making.

Still, I’m not ready to say Wall will be as good as Chris Paul (dude slapped up 21.1 points, 11.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per game in his third season), especially with Gilbert’s moody shadow stalking his progress. But I think we can responsibly predict that his play, by year three, will be All-Star caliber, though he may not make the squad. Here’s how I see his stats looking in 2013:

19.7 points, 9.3 assists, 45.6 FG%, 33.5 3P%, 79.5 FT%, 2.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 3.2 turnovers.

In three years we’ll all know what many already believe: John Wall is just the type of talent and personality needed to rescue the Wizards faltering franchise.

The Comparison.

-by John Townsend

Without digging too deeply through the annals of history, you can find a treasure trove of comparisons to John Wall. One gem that is particularly accurate is the World War II P-51 Mustang aircraft.

The Mustang was “[m]ore than just a ferocious dogfighter … one of the fastest piston-engined fighters and could fly higher and go further than any other combat aircraft of the war.” In addition to being one of the fastest propeller fighters of all time (thanks to its legendary supercharged Rolls-Royce Merline engine), it was well engineered and extremely durable, remaining in active service for over 40 years.

Like the Mustang, Wall can get up. His explosive speed and 39-inch vertical leap allow him to run circles around defenders and finish with deadly efficiency at the rim. Wall also possesses the physical stamina and the mental toughness to fight through the final whistle. He showed us both during the 2010 Summer League by playing just about every minute of every game, and by putting the team on his shoulders when it needed a lift. Another tribute to his fitness, endurance and durability is the fact that he has never missed significant time due to injury.

The P-51 Mustang has been generally credited with providing very effective long-range bomber escort, despite being considered the best fighter plane in the war.

With Gilbert Arenas preparing his body, mind, and beard for a fourth comeback in just as many years, John Wall — even as a rookie — is the best player on the team. He can run, he can pass, he can score. More importantly, he can lead. Teams will game plan to slow Wall, who will be forced to navigate defenses under pressure while dodging anti-aircraft shells in the form of hip-checks and elbows. To succeed, Wall will have to rack up assists by creating open shots for his supporting cast. He will be the escort to a fleet of “long-range bombers” in Arenas, Nick Young, and Kirk Hinrich.

The Mustang lived up to its combat potential. Wielding six 0.50 cal machine guns (firepower!) and the speed to dominate the skies. It is no wonder that the Mustang was loved by all (Well, the Allies at least).

Only time will tell if John Wall can live up to the sky-high expectations.


[John Wall and Gilbert Arenas go into their handshake routine at Midnight Madness.]



  • http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=35 doclinkin

    Man, I got to get an editor. Thanks for the name check on the quote.

    -d.

  • http://www.shattertheglass.com bgalella

    John Wall is a blessing for this franchise. After a difficult year and the fallout from the Gilbert Arenas debacle, landing Wall was almost like hitting the reset button. I think Areans and Wall can team up to make a nice back court, Washington is going to be a really fun team to watch.

  • bob

    WP48 has an R2 of 0.97…..

  • Kyle

    That Real GM discussion at http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=344&t=1001662&start=0
    mentioned above (though the link to it may not really jump out that strongly)is pretty good for understanding how Wins Produced compares to other metrics.

  • http://8ofdiamonds.blogspot.com Leroy Smith

    Kyle, great rebutal to Berri. I like how you used facts to refute his insane ramblings. I also liked how you did not use personal attacks and just stuck to the facts. And you did a great job representing his original argument…NOT!

  • http://www.truthaboutit.net/ Kyle Weidie

    What is ‘NOT’ joke?

  • Jeff

    Not actually a rebuttal at all: You create a straw man with your Win Shares argument, since Berri’s own work suggests that Win Shares overvalues points scored. I would also say that referring to his work as irrational and calling him pompous are ad hominem fallacies (personal attacks).

  • Nick

    Jeff, Berri’s writings suggests “PER” overvalues points scored but I see very little basis to make that claim against “WinShares” and I don’t recall him making that specific claim before either. He has said some good things about WinShares as it is the closest thing out there to his metric. Looking at the formulas I see little or no difference with the way it handles shot efficiency by itself compared to Wins Produced. There are other differences between the two metrics covered in the Real GM discussion of them but shooting efficiency is not a main difference between them.

  • szr

    I don’t understand your bashing of Berri. John wall shoots at a worse percentage than the average PG (average college PG too). He rebounds about the same as the average BG. He dishes out fewer assists than the average PG. He turns the ball over a LOT more than the average PG.

    About the only thing, besides turn overs, that Wall does more of than the average PG is score. But that’s wholly driven by him shooting a bunch of shots, which, as you know, he does at a worse percentage than the average PG.

    Here is what I think is going to happen next year: Wall will average a lot of points per game (just like Adam Morrison did his rookie season). He might win rookie of the year on the strength of PPG, regardless of his shooting percentage. But the wizards will be a bad team that fails to win many games. And then discussion will turn about how Wall’s teammates suck, and how there is a lack of chemistry, and how Flip Saunders is a bad coach, or whatever. The assumption that maybe having a guy jack up the ball of bunch who doesn’t shoot particularly well will never be challenged.

    In the end of the day, basketball is a simple game – the winner is the team that makes best use of its possessions. Last year, the Wizards averaged about 94 possessions per game. So if you have a 40% shooter taking more shots than any other player on the team, you’re going to suck. Especially if that very same shooter turns the ball over a lot.

    Maybe I’m wrong here, and some magic super-Wall will emerge who runs the point efficiently, gets his teammates assists, doesn’t turn the ball over and shoots above 50%. But that John Wall has not existed yet – not in college and not in summer league.

  • Edmond

    “Wins Produced does not provide much usefulness in actually predicting wins.”

    A demonstrably false assertion. See here:

    http://arturogalletti.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/predictive-stats-bad-metrics-correlation-in-the-nba/

  • John Harrington

    What a classless post by Weidie. You know this guy has given up when he starts hurling personal insults instead of making sound arguments. Berri shouldn’t waste his time responding to this nonsense.

  • Yawn

    I stopped listening to Berri’s assessment of young players after Kevin Durant.

  • Haha

    Berri picked the fight and is now whining. Typical.

  • Adam McGinnis

    Berri sure has alot of defenders. It sure will be fun to watch them eat crow after Wall tears up the NBA but we all know what will happen then, they will find some other stat that pushes their favored narrative that Wall sucks. Whatever, the kid is special. period.

  • jbrett

    Let’s see…a group of economists by profession come up with a measure that’s supposed to show which NBA players actually produce results (read: wins), and which ones have more style than substance, and does all this with only the stats in the boxscore. The radical conclusion they draw from this analysis? That the best player in the last 30 years was either Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.

    Preposterous! Clearly they’ve never actually watched a game, or they would know–oh, wait; that makes perfect sense. I was a total idiot there for a second–though not as big an idiot as this blogger, or his rose-colored posse. Your team as currently constituted will be very, very bad this year; mark it down. If I’m wrong, I’ll be back in May to eat crow; any of you have the guts to make the same vow?

  • keven jones

    @jbrett,

    What is very very bad..Can you post what you think the record will be??

    I don’t think we will be as bad as last year so i’m expecting between 32-38 wins, which in my book would be an improvement.

    We have added some nice pieces to this team with Kirk, Hilton, and Seraphin.

    And of course JW will exceed his expectations and he is a certain all-star in the making. Hopefully Arenas can have a career year as well and just play basketball and “act” normal.

    But I don’t think this team will be as bad as you think..

  • Yawn

    JBrett, according to this guy Jordan is 8th best.

    http://arturogalletti.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/send-in-the-clones-of-the-best-players-ever/

    Apparently Dennis Rodman is the third best nba player since the merger!

  • jbrett

    Yawn,

    You’re cherry-picking, and not even from the guy you’re attacking; Arturo’s article is about cloning 5 guys to play every position. (I know which article of his really pissed you off; I hate to say it, but he’s right.) In Wages of Wins, Berri makes strong cases for MJ and Magic as best ever, 1977-present.

    keven jones,

    You have added some intriguing physical specimens, who have yet, in most cases, to ever contribute in a meaningful way to winning basketball games. I’m put in mind of a comment Trent Dilfer made about talent and the NFL yesterday; I’ll have to paraphrase, but basically he said the streets are littered with immensely talented kids who can’t crack an NFL roster because they don’t know how to play football. If he’s right, it tells me the NFL does a far better job of evaluating players than the NBA; any player who looks impressive enough can steal zillions from NBA owners without ever being a contributor to the actual winning of games.

    How bad, you ask? I’ll say 16 wins, plus or minus 3; if that feels too vague, consider that it’s at best 7 games worse than last year, and maybe half as many. I’m not wishing it on you; I’m a recovering Raiders fan, and nothing is worse than having your heart held hostage by an incompetent. I just don’t see how the record can be much better without someone making a massive leap in productivity, because the players who have been productive have been frittered away. At least I have the comfort of knowing that Al Davis wasn’t always senile, and will have to give up the reins eventually.

    I hope for your sake that Grunfeld is soon to be in your rearview mirror; I doubt you can blame him for Wall, but the rest of his moves this off-season are sheer lunacy–unless he’s positioning for the next LeBron in the 2011 draft. If, on the other hand, your new owner called those shots, God help you.

    I know you won’t believe this, but nothing I’ve said here is personal, or part of an agenda; swapping productive players for unproductive ones (no matter how good they look in uniforms, or airports) will make you worse. I feel safe saying that none of the adherents of Wins Produced WANT the Wizards to be a bad team (unless they’re fans of a rival, I guess); they’re making predictions, based on their interpretation of the data available. I hope somebody comes through for you, and wildly exceeds some of our expectations. If we’re all wrong, I’ll be the first to jump on here and congratulate you–and get your best crow recipes. In the meantime, we’re just the messengers; don’t shoot.

  • Yawn

    J Brett, How am I cherry picking? Arturo’s article might be about cloning 5 guys etc but he has posted a list in it called ‘Top 30 players since the merger’. That list states that Rodman is the third best player since then. MJ is 8th. He is using Berri’s metrics is he not?

    You say Berri makes the case that Magic and MJ are the best players, but if that is true then he is the one cherry picking, since those two are not the best according to his own data. In fact, if you look at WP48, MJ appears to move up to 6th, but Dennis Rodman moves up to 2nd!

    Get real!

  • jbrett

    Arturo Galletti and David Berri are in fact two entirely different people; the giveaway is that they have different names. While it seems accurate to say Arturo is squarely in the Wins Produced camp, he crunches numbers according to his own sense of experimentation and discovery. Dr. Berri’s position is in print: Wages of Wins, pages 147-149; the case is made for 3 players–MJ, Magic, and Wilt, with the caveat that Wilt’s statistical record is incomplete. That is the long and short of Dr. Berri’s position, in his book, on the subject; my recollection of his blog posts is incomplete–but that is beside the point of my original comment here.

    The point was that the Wins Produced metric does not exactly flout the common wisdom; I would be stunned to find you or anyone else willing to argue vehemently against a WP48 top ten list as great players. Magic heads that list in per-minute productivity; MJ is a bit further down, but a case can be made that, if you look at his pre-retirement career, his WP48 would be very close to Magic’s, and further above the average for his position. The first place I read that argument? The Wages of Wins.

    It boils down to this: Everyone wants their favorite players, or their favorite team’s players, to be the best, and woe unto them that say it ain’t so. Dr. Berri did not invent Wins Produced in order to say that John Wall sucks; in fact, he didn’t say, and has NEVER said that John Wall sucks, or will suck in the NBA. What he said–which Mr. Weidie and many others here have failed or refused to comprehend–is that while John Wall may one day be a great producer of wins, he has yet to actually do so. Since he has yet to play an actual NBA game, arguing against that thesis is just a little bit crazy, even for the most ardent of hometown fans.

  • Yawn

    Arturo may be a different person, but he is using Wins Produced is he not?

    It’s clear as day

    Michael Jordan career WP48: 0.332
    Dennis Rodman career WP48: 0.404

    Berri might have said in his book that Jordan could be the best if you play with the numbers a bit and restrict the seasons you include, but his actual metric says that per 48 minutes he wasn’t even as good as Dennis Rodman.

  • jbrett

    Yawn,

    I gave you the benefit of the doubt and assumed you were more than a one-note trumpet. If the author’s words, in print, don’t mean anything to you, then you are too deficient to debate.

    Learn to read (and to breathe through your nose). See you in May.

  • Yawn

    You insult my debating skills whilst launching a load of ridiculous ad homs? Way to let your argument do the talking genius.

  • jbrett

    Back as promised–I prefer my crow grilled, if you please–and to say congrats on at least exceeding my pessimistic prediction. Congrats also on McGee, who should be tremendously productive unless he becomes convinced he’s a scorer. Wall is essentially average at this point; considering his youth and inexperience, he should only get better. He is arguably ahead of Derrick Rose at the same stage, who is now comparable to Deron Williams, so that bodes well for the future.

    The only dangers I see are if the team decides Blatche is the star of the future, and invests a bad contract on him instead of a more efficient scorer, or if the less productive players who were injured return to steal time from better performers. A good draft pick or two, along with normal improvement from Wall and McGee, could make this a competitive team for some time. Hell, the Raiders were .500 again, so anything is possible.

    I hope you guys will see continued improvement, and let’s all pray that Doug Collins will continue to give you two games a year that were otherwise lost. I’ll leave it to the more dedicated Wages of Wins adherents for more detailed analysis, and just say good luck.

  • Chris

    “He is D.C.: the present, the future, forever. John Wall is “We”.”

    Poor bastards. Oh well, at least you have the Redski….ummm the Nationa….damn.