The Stat Line of the Night — 11/2/10 — John Wall
The first and second picks in this year’s draft faced off last night as the Washington Wizards hosted the Philadelphia 76ers. While the second pick, Evan Turner, is struggling to find his groove in the early part of the season, the top-pick, John Wall, is excelling. He showed off his talents last night in the Wizards 116-115 overtime win. It was Wall’s home debut and he made the most of it, carrying the Wizards on his back en route to the victory.
John Wall’s lightning quickness helped him go 9 for 16 as he scored 29 points. He hit 11 of 14 from the free throw line as well. His contributions did not stop there, however. He had 2 rebounds and an astounding 13 assists. The most amazing stat he had, however, were his 9 steals. That tied a franchise record and showed how effective he can be at both ends of the floor, using his quick hands to create turnovers which lead to easy buckets. Although he also turned the ball over 8 times, that was overshadowed by his leadership, confidence, and skill.
There are many great candidates for rookie of the year this season (Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, etc.), but John Wall is making a strong case early that he can be the man to win it. Unlike the other players, Wall is essentially the leader of his team and any measure of success the Wizards have will be attributed to him. For now, he wins “The Stat Line of the Night”, but rookie of the year appears to be in his sights.