John Wall

No. 1 Overall Selection by the Washington Wizards

College: Kentucky
Birthday: 9/6/90
NBA Position: Point Guard
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-4
Wt: 195
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Word of God
NBA Comparison: Derrick Rose

Strengths: John Wall contains the size, speed and athleticism to become an elite point guard in the NBA. He has the ability to finish at the rim (both strong and acrobatic) on a consistent basis in penetration and transition. Wall can stop on a dime and make lightning fast cuts all while keeping great balance and being able to recognize open teammates. He constantly draws help defenders with his dribble-drive abilities and the fact that not many have shown they have the speed to keep up with him. John hardly gets caught over dribbling and is an excellent passer both in traffic and transition. He is a great shot blocker for his position (often blocking shots from the weakside), due to his freakish leaping ability and long arms. Wall is a menace in passing lanes, as well.

Weaknesses: The biggest issue with players that have similar abilities to Wall (Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo) is the outside game. He has everything in place to become a solid jump shooter and will need to dedicate time to this to avoid NBA defenses backing off of him and forcing him to shoot from the outside. While Wall is exceptional in transition and driving to the basket, he hasn’t shown he can be consistent in the half-court set. Wall is also turnover prone; sometimes forcing the issue and making questionable passes. John often relies on help defense and his effort on that end of the floor needs to pick up.

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