John Wall is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA today. Now I know I have a biased opinion because he is the Washington Wizard’s star player, but it’s hard to disagree with that statement. John Wall does it all, he is a two way guard who can produce offensively, and play lockdown defense. John Wall is a 27 year old point guard from Raleigh North Carolina, who played one year at the University of Kentucky. Wall was drafted first overall by the Washington Wizards in 2010, and he has spent his entire career in Washington. The four time all star has made a name for himself in the league, and is considered to be one of the best true point guards in the league today. The entire city of Washington loves John Wall not only because of his skill, but also because of his loyalty to the program and his work for the community. John Wall has expressed his love for D.C. and promises to bring a championship back to Washington. I created a highlight reel of some of John Wall’s most exciting plays from his 7 years in league, and I set the tape to the popular hip hop song “Do the John Wall” by Troop 41.
The other day when I was surfing the web reading articles about the Washington Wizards, I stumbled upon a forum thread that I found very interesting, there was a discussion comparing Steph Curry to Gilbert Arenas 6 years into their careers. Now I know that this post is a little out dated, and that Steph Curry has been in the league for 8 years now, but the post is still interesting. Here is the link to the post https://boxden.com/showthread.php?t=2364242.
Six years into the league Steph Curry
- Scored 8,714 points
- Had 89 blocks
- Had 717 steals
- Had 2,866 assists
- Had 1,719 rebounds
Six years into the league Gilbert Arenas
- Scored 9,575 points
- Had 101 blocks
- Had 735 steals
- Had 2,031 assists
- Had 1,768 rebounds
If you look at the statistics Gilbert Arenas beats Steph Curry in every category except for assists. I believe that Gilbert Arenas never got the recognition that he deserved, in my opinion Gilbert Arenas was one of the best players in the 2000-2010 era of the NBA. Gilbert Arenas only played in the NBA for 12 years, but in his 12 years he was a 3 time all star, he also won the most improved player award in 2003. Gilbert Arenas once scored 60 points against NBA legend Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006, Arenas had out scored Kobe Bryant 60-45 points. Arenas was the first player to score 60 points against the Lakers since Wilt Chamberlain in 1966. Arenas not only set a Washington Wizards franchise record for most points scored in a game, but he also set an NBA record for most points scored in overtime (16). When looking back onto Arenas’s career in the NBA many sports fans believe that Arenas is one of the biggest busts in the NBA, but I strongly disagree. Taking into account the comparison to Steph Curry 6 years into the NBA, and Arenas’s accolades throughout his career, you cannot label Arenas as one of the biggest busts in the NBA. Granted I have a biased opinion because not only am I a huge Wizards fan, but I am a huge Gilbert Arenas fan. In my opinion Gilbert Arenas is one of the most underrated NBA players of all time, and many Washington fans share my opinion on the subject. While I was researching Gilbert Arenas’s career, I came across a video clip of Arenas hitting a game winning buzzer beating three point shot against the Utah Jazz in 2007. I love this clip because even before the shot goes into the hoop, Arenas starts to celebrate because he was so confident in his shot, and I think that is awesome.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is by far my favorite player in the NBA, he plays the 2 and 3 position. Oubre Jr. played college ball at the University of Kansas before he was drafted 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2015, he was traded to the Washington Wizards prior to the 2015-2016 season. I love the hustle Oubre Jr. shows every game, and he is a two way player who has incredible defensive skills, and I would not be surprised if we saw him on an all-star team in the future. I created a highlight reel of my favorite Kelly Oubre Jr. plays from the 2016-2017 season, and I set the tape to the popular Drake song “Gyalchester”.
5 bold predictions for the Washington Wizards 17-18 NBA season.
- Marcin Gortat will play a bigger role the Washington Wizard’s roster: The Wizards’ most under-utilized player of the 2016-17 season was probably Marcin Gortat. Gortat still managed to average a double-double (10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game) but in 2017-18 he’ll need to do more, particularly in the paint. I believe that this season the Wizard’s will take advantage of his size and his rebounding ability, if he starts to play more physical in the paint and focus more on grabbing rebounds, I think he will play a bigger role in the offensive scheme than he did in the past seasons.
- Otto Poter will average 20 points a game: The Washington Wizards signed shooting guard Bradley Beal to a wealthy extension in summer of 2016 to the tune of five years and $128 million. After signing his deal, Beal went on to have an even more productive season in 2016-17. He went from averaging 17.4 points per game to 23.1 points per game.This past offseason, it was Otto Porter’s turn to reap the rewards of his play. Porter signed a four-year deal worth $106.5 million as the Wizards’ third scoring option. Porter averaged 10.0 field goal attempts in 2016-17 after putting up 9.6 attempts in 2015-16. I Expect Porter to take that shot total to 13-15 shot attempts per game and get to at least 20 points per game. His confidence should be rising entering 2017-18 and should pay dividends in the box score for the Wizards.
- Bradley Beal averages at least 6 assists per game: The Washington Wizards were short on ball distributors last season. John Wall led the team in assists with 10.7 per contest. In fact, the Wizards ranked in sixth as a team last season in assists per game (23.9). However, without Wall on the floor, the team became an odd group. It wasn’t until they acquired Brandon Jennings late in the season that they truly got another ball distributor. Even then, Jennings only played 23 regular season games with the team, averaging 4.7 assists in the regular season. Beal was the volume shooter while Wall took care of the distributing. However, that all needs to change in 2017-18 and it starts with Beal averaging at least six assists per game.
- John Wall and Bradley Beal will both be selected as all stars this season:The Washington Wizards have a strong backcourt with Bradley Beal and John Wall, that’s been no secret. However, Beal was snubbed last year when it came to the All-Star game, something that won’t happen in 2017-18. The Wizards had one of the best starting fives in the NBA last season. This season, they need to use everybody to their advantage even more. Gortat will get more touches as will Morris and Porter and as a result, they’ll need to convert their touches into more points. Great players make other players better. Beal played a stellar 2016-17 season and surprised many, but now he’ll need to bring his teammates along for the ride, much like Wall has. Wall attempted a team-high 18.4 shots per game and Beal was behind him with 17.2 attempts. Getting two or three of those shots to other teammates takes them a long way in both getting All-Star selections.