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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 1:08 pm  |  36 responses

John Wall Dominates Drew League (VIDEO)

The electric guard collects highlights.

A summer pro-am fixture, John Wall was once again making noise in the Drew League playoffs this summer. The Wizards PG led Team Money Gang to within two-tenths of a second of being crowned champs. Trophy or not, Wall left it all out at Compton Ave. and 120th.

(H/T Ballislife)

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  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Too bad the Drew League isnt the NBA. If John Wall wants to lead Washington to the playoffs or become a star he’s going to have to stop playing his best basketball in meaningless pickup games

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    He got my hopes up last year doing all this summer league stuff. Hope he has a mid range jumper this season.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He and Brandon Jennings both need to make that next step this coming season.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    His biggest issue is understanding tempo and changing speeds. Sometimes he tries to push the break when he should run a set. He’ll get it together soon enough and with the addition of Nene and Beal he’ll have some help for the future.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I know y’all saw him hitting jumpers right?
    I know y’all know that if he hits jumpers and plays under control he’s a top five point in the League, right?
    Y’all know that, right?

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    The key to John Wall turning the corner (offensively), is actually seen in this video. He has to stop thinking so much on his jumper. Any shooter will tell you, that you line up your shot and let it go. His 1st two years in the league, you could seem him thinking everytime he left the floor. He put an extra long pause prior to release. You miss a couple of those, it’s curtains, now your confidence is shot to sh!t. In the vid, he’s just letting it go. If he continues to work on changing speeds w/his dribble, plus the mid-range game… he’ll be str8.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The problem with the PG discussion is if you put John in the top 5, who are you taking out? At 100%, is he better than Chris, Deron, Derrick, Rajon or Russell?

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Who in the hell is putting John Wall in the top 5 of NBA point guards though?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I am (I’ll even take it a step further and put him in the Top 3) if he does all those things AP pointed out.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    If my aunt had a dick she’d be my uncle. I need to see some legit improvement from John Wall during the season before I even think about putting him top 5

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he is hitting jumpers in a highlight reel, who cares. he was hitting Js at kentucky also. wall, jennings, curry and evans had some really dissapointing soph years (or over hyped rookie years). specially evans and wall though, they had some pretty amazing rookie years, statistically speaking.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    LOL Kevin wtf? Made me spill my damn Coke at the office.

  • http://slam Daanswer

    ” If my aunt had a dick she’d be my uncle”…I’m so sorry- I have to use this one!! Great stuff…….

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    LMAO I hate when people say “if”. No diss to JTaylor either btw, I just hate the word if in these types of discussions lol. I had to respond

  • ctk

    NOBODY i mean NOBODY thats PG would of won alot of games with that Washington roster the last 2yrs ..NOBODY ..Wall bar is so high people r forgettin its only 2PGs doin what he doin rt now..16n8 only DWill n CP3 can say that …Am i sayin he a top5 pg… no ..after 7-8 ..u can put him anywhere from 9-16 i got no problem with it

  • http://Yahoo Headoffical

    John wall is one of those players that is underrated he has skill and puts in the work

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, I understand people don’t like hypotheticals but that’s part of ball.
    Look at Tony Parker’s career. Came in the League with very little understanding of how to run an NBA team and hit a mid range jumper.
    Once those things changed, dude became incredible. Same with Chauncey Billups. Hell, Deron Williams couldn’t shoot and struggled like hell his rookie year until he spent an offseason training with John Stockton and getting his game together.
    KG couldn’t shoot when he first got in the League, neither could Derrick Rose. It’s legit to note a player’s potential if he makes some understandable adjustments. What would be crazy would be saying Wall is Top 5 right not simply because he has potential.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They didn’t show how many jumpers he missed Allen. Highlights are nice and all, but he probably put up 4 contested misses for every make.

  • http://organizedsport.blogspot.com jesse

    If Wall makes some improvements this year he still isn’t better than Deron, Parker, Nash, Rondo, Rose, Westbrook, or Chris Paul. Probably even take Kyrie over him too.

  • Jer dawg

    At least John plays hard. His downfall is his J and him being somewhat reckless. Westbrook is same way but he has Durant to lean on. Wall plays all out with no other all star type talent to help him out. If someone can offer help then he’s good. Top 8. He’s not surpassing the other top guards unless they fall off.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Wall is rondo without the iQ… He’s use to just dominating with his athleticism but in the league, you need a bit more than that. He definitely has the ability to give every pg in this league hell.

  • SeanMagicJaun

    I love how people point out that he is hitting jumpers like this isn’t an edited clip. Why would they show misses in a clip titled “Wall dominates…..”? He is top ten but that top 5 is set for next year with ByAnyMeansNecessary’s list.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I’m interested in seeing how he’s improved this season, wizards are on my must watch list of teams to see how well Wall will do with his new teammates.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Rondo has yet to get a jumper yet he’s still top 5. Whose jumper would you rather take, Rondo or Wall?

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Who’s touch you mean? Or who’s form? Those are different, drastically between those two.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Wall shoots a set shot. I think Rondo’s biggest issue is confidence. He has to have the confidence to take the shot. Wall may not be able to get off a midrange jumper unless he can shake his defender long enough to get it off.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Hmm, let’s say you were a shot coach and you had one year to make either Wall or Rondo into a drastically better shooter. Who would you rather start with? Work ethic aside.

  • JOSHUA SYMONS

    John Wall is Overrated. he’s all about money makin not championship material. and if your not championship material… you suck. he’s a typical player that just plays for money. not winning….

  • SeanMagicJaun

    I would take Rondo’s jumper. I have never even seen John Wall get “hot” in a game as far as a flurry of j’s.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’d take Rondo. Rondo can do everything on the court except shoot. If he just improved his jumpshot just a little to the point where teams could no longer leave him alone, he’d be more unstoppable than he already is. John needs more than a year.

  • fruizm

    I have to be honest, there are some really knowledgeable posters on this site, and Im not being sarcastic!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah I’d take Rondo too, he at least elevates on his shot. That’s the most frustrating thing with Wall’s jumper – it’s all arms. Ray Allen is always telling people that his legs are the most important aspect of his jump shot, but none of these young guys have figured it out… Evans, Wall in particular.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    John Wall sure gets up though… attacks the ring with abandon…. I would have liked to see him make some nice pass though…. you know….for Nene’s sake at least.
    —-
    Don’t sleep on Marshall @ PHX either.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Wall. Both have a decent base, but Rondo is stiff. His “touch” is too dependent on rhythm it’s not natural. Wall has a good release point, wouldn’t have too much to change or tweak. His shooting is probably more mental than anything else. That and the flick instead of follow through on his release.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Getting a guy to jump on his shot is one of the easiest aspects of shooting to correct. I am not worried about how they jump, it’s more about how they square their hips. Wall is wild but also more fluid on the move, pretty much just needs to learn to slow down (by taking a breath usually) when he turns to shoot, it’ll naturally slow him down.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    John should follow the Westbrook pattern. He’s improved his shot to the point where teams can only hope he gets out of control on his own because there’s nothing they can do to contain him. Too fast, too explosive. John isn’t as ridiculously explosive or powerful as Russell is, but he’s pretty fast. If his shot got good enough to the point where he’s comfortable shooting it, teams would have a problem with him. Add that to the fact that he now has solid veterans around him. The Wizards have to take a step forward this upcoming season or John will be in danger of being a borderline star player on an awful team. You can no longer say he has a bad team around him.

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