John Wall looks great. Period.
Thursday morning, professional basketball skills trainer, Stanley Remy posted a video of the five-time all-star hooping at "Remy Runs - Miami," which featured a heated matchup with DMV native, Michael Beasley.
(Warning: This video contains NSFW language)
Trash-talking aside, Wall looks to be in phenomenal shape, but most importantly his jump shot mechanics have improved significantly. No more speculation.
His release is quicker and he's shooting on the way up, not down. Both of which were significant issues in year's past.
Will the extended offseason tweaks Wall has made translate to improved perimeter efficiency in the 2021-22 season? That still remains to be seen. However, Wall confidently pulling up and knocking down contested jump shots in a competitive scrimmage is certainly a good sign. In 2018-19 Wall shot 30.2 percent from 3-point range -- the lowest percentage since his 2014-15 season.
Back in August, NBC Sports Washington learned that John Wall weighed 210 pounds with hopes of carrying that body size into the season. Fast forward to late October and Wall is still as lean as advertised.
Wall's career has been heavily predicated on his ability to use his blazing speed to zip past defenders on the way to making highlight plays. After tearing his Achilles, Wall's burst and first step were immediately assumed to diminish. However, when looking at the clips of Beasley playing "in-your-face" defense on Wall, Wall had no trouble maintaining his dribble and turning the corner on the 6-foot-10, 230 pound small forward. Mind you, Beasley is a forward, the true tests will come when Wall is tasked with beating smaller/quicker pro-level guards off the dribble.
Offseason workout/scrimmage videos are always hard to gauge because professionals always seem to look better in exhibition settings. However, Wizards fans, seeing a healthy, happy, and competitive Wall prior to the start of next season is cause for celebration.