John Wall had a so-so sophomore season averaging 16 points, 8 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game. For most players they would take those numbers, but for the former No. 1 pick, Wall's statistics were basically identical to his rookie campaign. Wall did not make the jump to the next level that many had hoped for and the team continued to struggle, finishing with a 20-46 record.
Wall did finish the season with double-doubles in four of the last five games, including a flawless 21-point, 13-assist, 7-rebound and 7-steal outing in a win at Cleveland. Wall was unstoppable in the open floor versus the Cavs, finishing and finding his teammates on the fast break. Wall closed out the season in grand fashion and he will need to carry it over to next season for the team to avoid another lottery type season.
So what will coach Randy Wittman want his point guard and face of the franchise to work on this summer? The answer clearly is Wall's jump shot.
Although his field goal percentage improved from his rookie season to 42 percent, Wall made only 3 of 42 three-point attempts. Wall has to get up hundreds of shots every day this off-season to be more of a threat offensively. Defenses were happy to let him shoot jumpers, knowing his best offensive move was getting as close to the hoop as possible.
Wall's shooting form also needs some work, as there seems to be a hitch in it. His stroke seems more of a shot put and is not fluid going up into his release motion. If Wall develops his confidence and works the kinks out, he can be a real offensive threat moving forward. We know he has blazing speed to get by defenders but he can move to a higher level if he can add a reliable jumper.
Wall can also work on being more patient in fast break situations, rather than just using his speed to barrel to the rim.
Wall benefited with the mid-season deal for center Nene. When Nene was healthy and playing, Wall thrived on the court. Having a true post-presence in Nene helped Wall immensely, as the pressure wasn't solely on him to be the team's first option offensively. When opposing teams double-team Nene in the post next year, Wall has to be ready to knock down the shot on the kick-out.
If Wall can come back with a confident jump shot he could take a big step in becoming a bona fide star in the league. But that also comes with wins, which Wall and the Wizards desperately need.