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Report: John Wall added to roster for Team USA training camp in Las Vegas

Jul 24, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

John Wall, LeBron James

John Wall is a great fit for Mike Krzyzewski’s Team USA style — lightning fast with the ball, fantastic in transition and a guy who can overwhelm opponents with his athleticism.

Wall has become a late edition to the Team USA roster that will open training camp in Las Vegas next Monday in preparation for the FIBA World Cup of basketball coming in late August in Spain, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Wall was not on the list released a couple of weeks ago by USA Basketball.

Wall averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 assists a game and made a leap forward with his game, hitting 35.1 percent from three and working better with Bradley Beal to form a formidable backcourt that led the Wizards to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Team USA is Marianas Trench deep at the guard spot. Some very good players are not going to Spain.

At the point the USA has Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose and Wall. If you’re thinking “we can just move Curry to the two guard slot” know that James Harden, Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal are in that slot (and Kyle Korver, but we’ll count him as a three).

Wall could make this team, but Krzyzewski has no easy call to make in the backcourt, pretty much any combination of that group would be devastating.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Other than Curry, Damian Lillard is the best young point guard

    • innovativethinking87 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Damn no love for Lillard? Interesting. Who young pg would ya take over DLill other than Curry?

      • casualcommenter - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Considering that this is an article about John Wall, who is 23 years old, I imagine this article is full of Wizards fans who like John Wall a lot haha.

  2. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Bout damn time my boy deserved it put up great numbers #TeamWizards

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      John Wall career PER of 18.3 (3 of his 4 seasons below 20 including this past season)

      Kyrie Irving career PER of 20.9 and each of his 3 seasons has been above 20

      John Wall career true shooting % of .511% (league average is right around .504%)

      Kyrie Irving career true shooting % of .548% (.550% is considered very good)

      John Wall career turnover % 17.4%

      Kyrie Irving career turnover % 13.7%

      John Wall career 17.7 points per 36 min’s of court time

      Kyrie Irving career 22.1 points per 36 min’s of court time

      John Wall career 3 pt % of .308% (way below league average)

      Kyrie Irving career 3 pt % of .378% (way above league average)

      John Wall career free throw % of .790%

      Kyrie Irving career free throw % of .862%

      John Wall IS a good basketball player, but Kyrie Irving is a little better than Wall and not in only one or two stats, but in basically all across the board from PER, shooting %, fewer turnovers etc…

      • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        LMAO you funny this made my day

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        nothing funny about shooting worse, turning the ball over more, scoring less etc…

      • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        So you really telling me you would take Irving over Wall if your building a franchise. Irving will get in the playoffs this year but only because of Lebron James impact. John Wall doesn’t need Lebron James he lead his team into the second round of the playoffs and made his young back court mate, and his team better something Irving hasn’t done yet .

      • sire2334 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        This isn’t a career achievement award…It’s about where these players are NOW. Wall took a sec. to find his footing but RIGHT NOW, I take him over Kyrie. No question.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        While those numbers are true, they mainly focus on the offensive end.
        John Wall is a much better defender than Kyrie Irving, who quite literally is a bottom-5 defender among point guards in the NBA who started at least 50 games last year (so excluding bench players or temporary starters).

  3. aldavis4president - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Kyrie is the most overrated player in the league, maybe next to klove. All those cute stats u posted had gotten him to 0 playoff appearances, and John wall imo has more of an overall impact on games then kyrie. Kyrie is the better shooter yeah, but John walls defense and dribble penetration is top 3 at the pg position.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM

      Cute stats? Honey, it’s nice you like basketball.

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