John Wall making great passes and racking up assists is no surprise to the fans and members of the media who watch him on a regular basis, as he has been doing it for years, ever since he debuted back in 2010.
Imagine being one of his teammates, who see his gift for passing up close and personal each and every day in practice, shootarounds and games.
Like, Markieff Morris for instance.
The power forward was asked following the Wizards' 107-94 win over the Pelicans on Sunday night if Wall, who tied a career-high with 19 assists, is able to find his teammates in their favorite spots on the floor to shoot from.
Morris replied with a question: "You watched the game, right?"
Morris wasn't trying to be mean or condescending. He said it with a smile. But he just thinks it's obvious at this point that Wall is one of the very best in the game of basketball at setting up his teammates.
"You see how easy it is," Morris explained. "It’s something that we see every game, so it’s not surprising to us. S***, if we would make shots then he would have 20 assists every game."
Wall wasted no time racking up assists on Sunday night. He had six dimes in his first eight minutes. He later had six assists in the fourth quarter, including four in a span of 2:16 (from 3:58 to :42) to help seal the Wizards' win.
Those quick spurts of assists were a product of what the Pelicans' defense was offering him. Early on, he was in distributor mode. Through the second and third quarters he was looking for his own shot. Once he started missing midrange jumpers in the third quarter, he switched back to a pass-first mentality and New Orleans couldn't stop him.
"I just wanted to be aggressive and find guys and get them their shots," Wall said. "That’s my job. When I’m scoring, that’s a big plus for our team and I know I have to score at times... But my job is to just play defense and try to set these guys up. When I’m aggressive I can open up the floor for everybody."
That give-and-take dynamic where Wall feels out the game and goes from there is something his coach is well aware of and very comfortable with.
"They were switching a lot. I thought he did a good job of finding guys," Scott Brooks said. "He’s a great player. He makes good plays. I trust his decisions."
Morris trusts Wall in that regard, as well.
"He’s a great decision-maker. He’s a great player, a top point guard to me. He leads and we just follow in his footsteps," Morris said. "He gets to penetrating and he’s a great passer. He’s got eyes on the back of his head. We’ve just gotta get open. He’s doing a hell of a job finding us in our spots and we’re making shots."
Morris, who finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, was the beneficiary of four of Wall's assists. Wall set up two of Morris' three three-pointers on Sunday.
"Like every other game, John did a great job of finding me. I feel like when I catch the ball I have a thousand years to shoot. I just have to take my time and knock them down," Morris said.
Wall will be back in New Orleans in about three weeks for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Does he have an encore in store for that game? Wall did once drop 22 assists in the Sophomore-Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend in 2011.
"I hope so. Maybe. I might not get that many minutes coming off the bench. I’ll do what I can," he said.