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John Wall gets emotional talking about family at press conference

Aug 1, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

John Wall has signed a five-year, $80 million deal that will keep him with the Washington Wizards as the face of the franchise.

A lot of people have questioned if Wall was really worth a max deal, but I would say he was to the Wizards. He might not have gotten that kind of offer from other teams but to the Wizards that was a good deal because he helps change the culture of the organization (remember the Gilbert Arenas gun days?). I’ve explained it in my words before, let J. Michael at CSNWashington.com have a crack at it.

But after the Wizards started 5-28 without Wall last season, and despite a litany of injuries to others on the roster, they were 24-25 with him. They had a 4-13 record at Verizon Center that turned to 18-6 with Wall.

They averaged almost seven points per game more with Wall (95.9) and held opponents to almost three fewer points (94.8).  Field-goal shooting improved by 5%, up to 45.4%, and there was an 8% bump in three-point shooting at 39.7% with Wall…

(He) Averaged 22.7 points, 7.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals from March 1 through the end of last season, joining LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only three players to average at least 22.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals during that span.

  1. aboogy123456 - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    You can’t teach Character, this guy is going to be great, and he will be worth more to the wizards than they will even be allowed to pay him.

  2. bucrightoff - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    So this guy puts up comparble numbers to Kobe and LeBron and people think he’s not worth the deal? Glad those people aren’t GMs

    • biasedhomer - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      There’s a difference, Lebron and Kobe can do it for a whole season.
      They could have waited and seen what Wall can do an entire season, instead of signing him now. It’s not like he would have demanded more if he replicated those numbers for a full season, since its a max contract.

    • dezglobal - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Comparable numbers? He averages 16.9 points and 8 assists per game. Not exactly comparable to either LBJ or Kobe

  3. cbrown386 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    “(He) Averaged 22.7 points, 7.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals from March 1 through the end of last season, joining LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only three players to average at least 22.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals during that span.”

    That doesn’t even make sense. Wall didn’t average 4.8 rebounds.

  4. moseskkim - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Numbers look good and feel good but aren’t everything. Bosh put up huge numbers because he was used so much in toronto. He goes to miami and disappears for long stretches. Whereas lebron would get great numbers with a lack of talent (Cleveland) and with a bunch of talent( miami). When u compare other pg’s, that’s when u say ah he doesn’t deserve that. But they’re banking on his potential and hope he will represent the franchise and bring respectability back to Washington.

  5. cadillacakita - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I’m from DC….n I hope he lives up to the pressure of this contract…Because here we will let him know if he underperforms….IMO he hasn’t earned a max deal…needs more consistent jumper and stay healthy

  6. timb12 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    By that same logic, Lin put up good numbers for a span, and his contract is way too much. Some people have bursts, I hope that he’s the real deal though. His game was smooth those last couple of months.

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