July 12, 2010 was the official start of the John Wall era. And he certainly didn’t disappoint in his debut.
Wall had 24 points and 8 assists (along with 8 turnovers, which I’ll get to in a second), and the Wizards defeated the Warriors 84-79. Here’s the complete box score, courtesy of NBA.com:
|WASHINGTON WIZARDS (1-0)|
|A. Jalloh||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|K. Palmer||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|50.9%||14.3%||75.8%||TEAM REBS: 9||TOTAL TO: 25|
A couple of things stick out from those stats–
- JaVale McGee had a nice all-around game. 21 points, 13 rebounds, and really made his presence felt defensively. Kevin McHale kept commenting on McGee’s ability to alter shots. He looks bulked up and more confident in his offensive game. He also had a Sportscenter-esque dunk and caught multiple alley oops from John Wall. I, like many other Wizards fans, was very encouraged at the connection between the point guard and center. McGee has always been up for alley-oops, but Gilbert Arenas and company didn’t give him many chances to score. Perhaps Wall will change that. Let’s remember, however, that McGee looked pretty good in last year’s Summer League as he led the league in blocks, and ended up disappointing in the regular season. Don’t mean to disparage his good performance, but there should be tempered optimism going forward.
- Trevor Booker made all of his shots, but overall looked tentative and a little out of rhythm. Still, it was his first game on the big league circuit, so I’m willing to cut him some slack.
- Cartier Martin struggled to make shots but is probably on the border of making the team because he played the majority of the game.
- Jerome Randle turned heads and played pretty well in limited minutes. I hope the Wizards give him some more time over the next few days to see if he deserves an invite to training camp.
- So much for my Sun Yue prediction. He played four minutes and had no impact.
- Hamady Ndiaye is extremely raw offensively, as seen by his three-step monster jam that was called for a travel. Still, he knew what he was doing on the defensive end, and I’m intrigued as to what he could do with more minutes.
- And, of course, John Wall’s debut was the real story. His shot off the dribble appears to be spot-on, as he hit multiple mid-range jumpers. He also had some aggressive drives and got to the free throw line whenever he wanted. His alley-oops were (mostly) spot-on, and he set up his teammates well. Those 8 turnovers are a large blemish on the statline, but I wouldn’t look too deep into them. It was his first ever game, and he was rushing things a bit. Wall will probably rack up lots of turnovers his rookie year anyway, but certainly not that many.
The Wizards play tonight at 10 ET against the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles has rookies Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu, so it should be a good battle.
Here are the highlights from yesterday’s game….
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