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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  35 responses

John Wall Lights Up Atlanta

It was a very good night for point guards. From ESPN’s John Hollinger: “Sure, Atlanta won the game, 99-95. But absolutely nobody left the gym tonight talking about the Hawks. Instead it was Washington rookie John Wall who drew raves from all sides. In just his second pro game, the Wizards’ point guard flew to the hoop at will while scoring 28 points and adding nine assists in a valiant losing effort. While the Wizards lost, Wall’s brilliance kept Washington in the game for much longer than anyone expected. He was at his best when it mattered most. Wall scored a dozen straight points to tie the game at 80 at the end of the third quarter, but the Wizards fell behind by nine points again when Wall went to the bench for a three-and-a-half minute rest to begin the fourth. Not for long. Wall checked back in and rallied the Wizards almost immediately, draining two jumpers and then making two brilliant hit-ahead passes for layups to tie the game at 84 with 4:44 left. The Hawks then scored on five straight trips to put the game away, but only after Wall hit two 3s and narrowly missed a third with 38.9 seconds left that would have cut the lead to two. Let’s just say the locals were impressed. ‘That is one fast human being,’ said Hawks coach Larry Drew, who could only compare him speed-wise to former Utah Jazz speedster Rickey Green. ’But,’ he added, ‘John may be faster. And he’s powerful, he’s got size.’”

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  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Who the hell is Ricky Green?

  • The Philosopher

    His speed reminds me of Randy Smith.
    I could be wrong, but Wall is better than Rose.
    People will say no because Rose has been in longer…
    Wall is better.

  • The Philosopher

    Ricky Green ran the show in Utah before Stockton got there.
    Was a good point guard. Averaged double digits for a while, and was a true point.
    Played for Philadelphia later on in his career.

  • EJ

    Blake who? John is your ROY.

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    A.I was faster than Ricky and Wall put together, minus the drag from the enlarged testicles.

  • IHaveADream

    Wall is not nearly as polished as Derrick Rose and he does not have the body control in the air that Rose has. He’s still shooting a set shot, he will have to get a jumpshot.

  • The Philosopher

    Not as polished?
    Arguable.
    Does that Make Rose better?
    What makes Rose better than Wall?
    Body control in the air?
    Howard nearly ended Rose’s career because he’s coming into the paint out of control.

  • IHaveADream

    Howard didn’t almost end Rose’s career…any 6’1 player who collides with the strongest player in the league will end up on his back so that was nothing out of the ordinary. Rose led a team with a rookie head coach, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and some more below average players to the playoffs and within one game of the second round. Wall has a similar team now. If they keep Gilbert Arenas, it could be argued that Wall will have a better team. Does anyone see them making the playoffs? No. What makes Wall better? He may be faster from end to end, but that’s it.

  • Noel

    DRose is a lot better than John Wall, anyone can easily see that. BUT, anyone who thinks it is because of BODY CONTROL IN THE AIR??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • The Philosopher

    Yes.
    Any player 6’1″ who collides with the strongest player will end up on his back.
    Especially if he is coming off of one leg, and is out of control.

  • Noel

    That 10:49 comment is not me, I’ve never used that many question marks in my life

  • Jay Cutler

    Aside from his speed what above average nba skills does Wall have?

  • http://Yahoo.com Eboyhater

    They still lost so……

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Great game. Only 3 turn overs. I’ve only seen highlights but his speed is crazy.

  • IHaveADream

    So going off of one foot is out of control? Hmm…don’t think so.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    He damn well better score 28 against Mike Bibby.

  • dmoore

    lol who ever said wall is better than rose needs to hope of john’s pole for real, he’s only played a few reg season games in his career,he’s either a delusional wall fanboy and/or one of the many rose haters

  • The Philosopher

    ^^ You are not ready.

  • Shem

    Dude is on my fantasy team and I love it

  • Clement

    Wizards fan. I think at this point Rose is better than Wall, obviously because he is older and has more experience. But it’s widely believed that Wall will eventually be as good as rose, if not better. Rose is widely regarded as the Wall’s floor for potential. John’s going to need to work on that jumper though, stop shooting set shots.

  • ShadiestBen

    @Philosopher, potentially I feel he’s the best 1 in the L. Right now Rose is more polished as someone stated. Walls end to end speed is astonishing though, when he pushes and chases on the break it will literally be ungaurdable as soon as he gets a little more experience.

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    ShadiestBen: Uh…. Williams, Paul, and Nash?

  • Feez22

    Rose a 3 yr 1st pick guard that has won ROY, is super talented has played in the playoffs twice and has played in the asg is better than john wall a 1st yr 1st pick guard that has played 2 games for his career… Wow I expended a lot of mindpower on that assertion. How about let’s give wall 10 or at least 15 games to make an assertion about both of their games instead of jumping the gun by walls 2nd game. Btw body control in the air? WTF does that have to do with anything? That is the absolute 1st time I have EVER heard an argument on the better player due to body control in the air. Last time I checked we were comparing PG’s not damn wide receivers.

  • IHaveADream

    @ Feez22
    I thought I told you to leave basketball matters to those who know what they’re talking about. An individual with true basketball knowledge would know that body control for a slasher is an important part of the game to have. No one said that that was the lone reason why Rose is better than Wall. Experience is an important factor. 3 years in, we will see where Wall is. Rose right now has a pretty good career going.

  • EJ

    Wall could very well soon be better than Rose, but I don’t think so. One of the reasons being that Rose has been a beast in the playoffs, but Wall hasn’t got the chance to show what he can do yet. One of the things I like about Wall is that, both him and Rose are super fast and explosive, but Wall is more crafty.

  • Feez22

    @ihaveadream seriously who in the world gauges 2 PGs on body control in the air. That had to be the worst gauge on NBA PGs I have EVER read. Agan these are NBA PGs. Btw wade had poor body control early. So did most slashers. Even the king himself JORDAN had problems landing correctly. Point? Body control is the poorest gauge to use in comparing young players period. Especially PGs. How about using a true gauge like shooting, floor vision or passing as those are true traits that define PGs. Get @ me when you start talking about relevant comparisons instead of damn body control such a ridiculous useless gauge.

  • Feez22

    btw ya rose led a team to the playoffs but Jeez let’s not act like rose was the only productive player on that team. Last I checked Ben Gordon was just as important to the bulls even standing a chance that series. Funny u leave out joakim Noah in that statement. Figures. I think we can all agree that the east was nothing that yr compared to this yr. the record the bulls amassed to get 7th seed will not even be enough for the wiz to make the playoffs this yr. On top of that have u seen the wizs division? Orlando miami atlanta and Charlotte? Makes the bulls div 2 yrs ago look like the PAC 10 of NBA basketball.

  • IHaveADream

    @ Feez22
    How slow can you be? You must not have played ball for a long time or watched it. That would explain why you don’t receive information on basketball too well. Rose led that Bulls team and was the most important player on the team. Without him, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs. And Gordon was good during that series, but someone had to pass him the ball in the proper places and someone had to help him score consistently. That was Rose. It doesn’t matter what kind of conference it was. And I wasn’t gauging Rose and Wall solely on that factor, that’s just ONE factor. Understand? You’re just incompetent on the subject, clearly.

  • The Philosopher

    Wall is still better.

  • http://www.youtube.com/officerbarbrady what

    I was at that game. John Wall is blazing fast. If all he has to do is score points, he will be able to do that as long as his jumper is falling. But I didn’t see any real attempt to run an offense by him. Rose was more polished as a POINT GUARD out of college. And as for the headline, I’m pretty sure the Hawks won. Hard to “light up” a team when you take the L at the end.

  • http://www.youtube.com/officerbarbrady what

    And NotebookNick hits on the most important point — most of this was done against Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford, who are easily among the 10 worst perimeter defenders in the league.

  • marc

    Can someone explain why wall is better than rose? Isn’t this only his second game in the league?

  • http://slam.com andrew

    wall is better people still think that theres a shread of hope that rose can shoot a three while wall is faster dosent drive like a lunatic and can actually shoot the basketball

  • marc

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I’m entitle to disagree with that opinion. I just don’t see wall being better than rose NOW. Especially since this is only wall’s SECOND game.

  • ShadiestBen

    Jukai I said potentially. 3 games into the season it goes CP3 then everyone else.

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