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.