After missing the first 33 games of the season, John Wall has returned to the Washington Wizards and is having the best season of his career.
He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week two weeks ago and two nights ago, scored a career-high 47 points in a 107-94 win vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 2010 No. 1 overall pick seems to finally be realizing his potential.
What kind of player is Wall going to become as he matures? There were some resemblances to Dwyane Wade during his 47-point performance two nights ago. Wall might also be the most athletic point guard in the league other than Russell Westbrook.
Is Wall the next Westbrook?
They certainly share some similarities. Wall and Westbrook are two of the fastest players in the league with the ball and the forefront of the next generation of point guards that possess an athleticism previously unseen in this game.
Wall was always a point guard before coming to the NBA unlike Westbrook who was more of a two-guard prior to his time with the Thunder. Wall has a ways to go as a jump shooter similar to where Westbrook was when he first got to the league.
They both have the same problem where they know they can use their athleticism to get by their man. It’s a challenge for either to take a step back and realize that the best thing to do isn’t always to break down their defender one-on-one.
Wall is averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game this season, his third year in the league. Westbrook averaged 21.9 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in his third season in the league.
Wall is certainly behind Westbrook’s pace but he has shown signs of late that he may have the potential to become the next Westbrook.
Tonight, we will see the two phenomenally gifted point guards go head-to-head in OKC.