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John Wall’s growth stunted by lack of veterans around him

Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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John Wall was everybody’s pick to have a breakout season, so much so that during preseason prediction season it felt like you had to choose someone else and not take the obvious route.

So far the Wizards are 0-4 and Wall has been pedestrian. He’s only shooting 32 percent on the year — not only is his jumper off he’s not finishing at the rim like he used to — and his assist percentages are down as the Wizards offense looks stagnant.

With the Wizards playing the Celtics back-to-back, you can see the veteran influence that having Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce around him have made on Rajon Rondo. The kind of learning that Wall lacks, A. Sherrod Blakely at points out.

The average Celtic is 28.5 years old, while the average Wizards (0-4) player is 25 years old. The gap is even wider when you compare the C’s starters are 32.6 years of age compared to 25.4 for the Wizards.

“Rondo really developed his first three years,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. “You hope that John can continue, as far as doing those things….

“Rondo came into a situation with 3 Hall of Fame players,” Saunders said. “(Ray) Allen, (Kevin) Garnett and (Paul) Pierce are all going to be hall of fame players. John didn’t walk into that type of situation. John has more pressure on him.”

Wall’s pressure is that he has to force things and create more offense than Rondo did, Rondo just had to distribute and play smart. He has learned how to do that well and incorporate his own shots into the Celtics offense. Now Rondo is the guy running the show there. He dominated Wall on Sunday, putting up a triple double.

I still expect Wall to get there. But right now, it is tough. He could use some veteran guidance.

  1. glink123 - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    maybe Wall should spend a little less time in Da Club showing Chris Brown how to “Dougie”, and a little more time in the weight room putting some muscle on that 165 lb frame. just sayin’.

  2. sensiblebuc - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    John Wall’s growth stunted by lack of TALENT around him *fixed*

  3. verytalldad - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    When will DC stop slurping Ted Leonsis and fess up to his cronic bad ownership. “Patience” he always says, well patience is wearing thin.

    Fire Grunfeld. What are these guys waiting for to make some moves.

  4. allball23 - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Wall needs some gudiance, I think it is a cofidence thing. He needs to have some veterans who can give him some gudiance.

    • hollywood26 - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      More than guidance, he needs someone he can pass to that can actually score. Nick Young needs the ball to dribble to create space, Crawford tries hard but is a mess, Blatche never saw a jumper he didn’t like.

      At this point we should just go McGee and Wall and EVERYONE else is for sale for picks. Don’t even care because the culture in that locker room is a mess. How about we trade Blatche and Young for Cousins??

  5. jjacks1122 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    When you’re in the same division as Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta, I think they should still aim to peak 2-3 years from now…which makes this all a part of the building process. Regardless of roster shortcomings, as a pg, Wall has to learn the difficult task if making his teammates better. Score first pg’s don’t win you a lot of championships

  6. wood5050 - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    he need to pass the damn ball to nick young.that,s his problem

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