Before last night’s performance in Detroit, John Wall averaged less than 13 points and just over 6 assists per game in his five previous games. Wall’s recent struggles are very reminiscent of his hardships at the beginning of the season, where Wall averaged only 13 points and 6 assists in the month of December.
Before the season started, Wall was poised for a breakout sason. During the lockout Wall participated in summer leagues — where he completely dominated. On top of that, much of the pressure put on by the fans was escalated by John Wall himself. Prior to the start of the season, Wall spoke about his early progress and went on to say:
Everything I didn’t do good this year, you’re going to see me get better at next season, making jump shots, being more confident, less turnovers. By studying a lot, being a better defender, all those things. That’s the same thing Derrick (Rose) said, ‘I want to be MVP.’ It might not happen next year, but at least by my third year, I want to be in the race.
During the month of February, John Wall did just what he said he’d do.Wall played with an aggressive nature, and started to blossom in Randy Wittman’s run and gun system. Wall averaged a stellar 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game. Above all, Wall shot a season high 48 percent from the field. At the time it seemed as if February was a look into John Wall’s future in D.C.
But unlike February, the last few weeks have not been kind to John Wall. He seems to be a lot more hesitant on his jump shot and just doesn’t seem to have the swagger we all know that he has. After the disappointing Wednesday night loss against the Indiana Pacers, interim head coach Randy Wittman addressed John Wall’s recent struggles.
He needs to take a step back and simplify things. Make the easy plays, then you start feeling better about yourself. Then you can get your swagger back.
Getting confidence is a key factor for John Wall’s success. Hitting his jump shot without hesitation has been a difficulty for Wall, especially over the last couple weeks. He seems to have lost ambition on many plays, and creates too many careless turnovers. On Wednesday night against the Pacers, Wall turned the ball over five times and only had three assists. And overall, Wall just looked apathetic and drained.
Getting a few extra wins to close out this shortened season could really help boost John Wall’s tarnished confidence.
Last night’s performance in Detroit was a major step towards Wall busting out of his slump. But as of right now, John Wall has left some Wizards fans worried, including myself.