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John Wall Is Shooting The Wizards To The Playoffs

Please welcome guest contributor Bryan Frantz to Mr. Irrelevant. Here he is on John Wall and your Washington Wizards.

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The Wizards are having their best season in years. They stand at 33-31, sixth place in the East and 3.5 games away from third. The five seasons before this Washington went 19-63, 26-56, 23-59, 20-46 (lockout-shortened season) and 29-53.

The collective misery of the Eastern conference, arrival of Marcin Gortat, improved health of Bradley Beal and improved play of Trevor Ariza are obvious contributors to the success. One topic that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, though, is John Wall’s jumper.

His shooting has never been something to brag about; his career shooting percentage sits at a modest 42.5 percent, and his three-point percentage hovers around 29.5 percent. Wall is making 33.9 percent of threes this season, though, and he’s shooting 3.7 per game (two more than his previous career high). Take a look at the shot charts:

John Wall’s 2012-13 Shot Chart

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John Wall’s 2013-14 Shot Chart

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His three-point shooting has become a legitimate weapon, to the point that defenses have to respect his jumper. This spreads the floor and opens up Ariza and Beal in ways that simply didn’t exist last season, which leads to more quality shots all around. The Wizards, as a team, are shooting 38.6 percent from three this season, up from 36.5 percent last season.

But it’s not just open threes the Wizards are getting. Washington is shooting 45.6 percent overall from the floor, tied for 11th in the league. That’s a huge increase from 43.5 percent of last season, when they were tied for 27th.

Shockingly enough, making more shots leads to more points. Washington is scoring a respectable 100.5 points per game this season, which is astounding considering they tied for last a year ago with 93.2 points per contest.

Again, this is not entirely attributed to Wall improving his shot. But a point guard needs to have an outside shot to become elite. Derrick Rose, injuries aside, makes for a great case study. In his rookie season, Rose averaged 0.9 three-point attempts per game and made just 22.2 percent. He improved mildly in his second season, and by his third season he had turned his three-point shot into a weapon. That year Rose shot 4.8 threes per game, knocking them down at a rate of 33.2 percent.

So while Wall has always been able to get his points — he’s never dropped below 16 per game — he now gets them from all over the floor. Defenses have a new element to defend, and his teammates benefit from it. The Wizards win.

DMV: 7 Things That Happened While We Were Having A Baby

As some of you noticed, I’ve been busy not posting anything lately. That’s because my wife had our third child two weeks ago. As it turns out, having a newborn and two children under six isn’t conducive to hobby blogging about D.C. sports!

Alas, here’s most of the big and/or interesting stuff that happened while we brought more Mottram into the world …

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1. John Wall won the dunk contest. I was thrilled when he double-pump reversed over G-Wiz, who I never thought would figure prominently in All-Star Weekend. The dunk itself wasn’t that great. Live and in context, though, it was easily the dunk of the night, converted on the first try and shutting down the contest. The Wizards actually won something!

2. The Skins gave D-Hall a four-year deal. Four years is a lot of an old corner, and I’ve been known to dislike DeAngelo Hall quite a bit, but if John Keim thinks it’s a fair deal then it’s probably a fair deal. It’s not that much guaranteed money anyway. Burgundy Blog delves further.

3. Peter Angelos is spending some of that MASN money. Fifty million over four years for Ubaldo Jimenez, and $8 million over one for Nelson Cruz. The former is in line with the going rate for starting pitching, and the latter is pretty much no-risk. Both are nice to see, considering the O’s hadn’t spent a dime despite being on the cusp of playoff contention.

4. Maryland is going out with a whimper. The Terps’ last trip to Durham, as an ACC school at least, provided a great game and ultimate disappointment. Still not sure how Charlie Mitchell’s would-be game-winner didn’t drop.

5. The Wiz traded Jan Vesely for Andre Miller. Goodbye, 23-year-old lottery pick. Hello, 37-year-old journeyman. Mixed feelings here. On one hand, it cements bust status for yet another Wiz draft pick. On the other, they’re making moves to solidify the rotation for a playoff run. I’ll take it, and we’ll always have Jan’s greatest hits.

6. Fred Davis is not doing great. Get right, Sleepy.

7. Sochi was not kind to the Capitals. You’ve got to feel for Alex Ovechkin, and Nick Backstrom too. But not Brooks Laich; he’s fine.

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DMV: John Wall Is Already An All-Star In The Shoe Department

Stumping for John Wall to be the first Wiz all-star in six years. [Wise]

Stats explain why the Wizards are so very average. [Bullets Forever]

Caps lose to Canes in overtime with Ovi on the second line. [RMNB]

After recent skid, the Caps are also perfectly average. [WaPo]

Bruce Allen: Skins haven’t talked to Cowher or Jon Gruden. [Insider]

Sizing up top Skins head coach candidate Darrell Bevell. [Keim]

Five players the Skins may cut to save cap space. [Real Redskins]

DMV: Instagram Video Of John Wall Making It Rain In The Club

This probably isn’t what Leonsis wants to see from his $80m man. [Bog]

Kirk Cousins sounds confident he’ll be read for the opener. [The Insider]

Santana is happy to return punts. Skins may need him to. [The Insider]

A good breakdown of the Nats’ dwindlign playoff chances. [Nats Baseball]

Looking at nine Nats who may be getting September call-ups. [Nats Insider]

Denard Span listened to his mom and finally hit a home run. [For The Win]

It makes sense to keep Zim at 3B, so long as he can throw. [Nats Journal]

Local blog gets makeover as part of the NBC-Comcast family. [Nats Insider]

The Birds start an awesome stretch of 20 games in 20 days. [Camden Chat]

Here’s the George Mason pep band playing some Skrillex, y’all. [Bog]

This reads like if the Onion wrote about the Junkies. [DC Sports Nexus]

John Wall Appears To Have Had A Good Long Weekend In Las Vegas

Just sharing a dispatch from John Wall’s Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas, which was spent “with the likes of Lil Wayne, Diddy, Christina Milian, and Meek Mill.” I do not know who Meek Mill is, but that’s a great rap name.

It’s Milian’s Instagram photo seen above, where Wall’s getting his hookah on. I know it’s hookah because of the caption:

John_wall getting a taste of @platinumehookahs at #liquidlv #lasvegas #memorialdayweekend2013#smoke #vapor #sexy #ehookah #nonicotine #platinumluxehookahs #platinumehookahs

Impressive hashtag game, Christina Milian. You’ll also notice that Wall has a “business tattoo”, which seems to be a star surrounded with stylized lettering. (Analysis!)

And I’m feeling that hat.

John Wall Redemption Tour Hits Next Stop

Once he returned from injury, John Wall has made many believers this season. His scoring is up, his ridiculous-catch-them-from-behind blocks are up, and he looks like he could really become the star we all hoped for when Wall was drafted No. 1 in 2010.

But there is still one thing Wall hasn’t fixed. Remember that first pitch he threw out at Nats Park a few years ago? It was awful.

Well, tonight, Wall has a chance to fix it. Word is he is taking the task serious, according to a story from CSN’s J. Michael:

“I just want to make sure I get it to the mound. As long as I don’t hit the dirt, I’m cool. I don’t want it to be like I did last time,” Wall said. “Everybody thinks it’s easy.”

Good luck tonight John. We’ll all be watching.

**UPDATE** Wall threw the pitch, and it reached the plate. Video after the jump.
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DMV: Watch Every One Of John Wall’s Career-High 47 Points

Wizards beat Memphis for sixth straight home win as John Wall goes off for 47 points, the third-highest total in the NBA this season. He’s on fire. [WaPo]

Pradamaster is all over the mechanics of Wall’s jumper. [Bullets Forever]

Randy Wittman didn’t like the Wiz being compared to a circus. [USAT Sports]

The Wiz are giving out replica 1978 championship rings on April 6. [Bog]

The Caps should steer clear of a long-term deal for Riberio. [Caps Insider]

Ovi is 6th in the NHL in goals, picks up first star of the week. [Caps Insider]

Ovi also cheekily compared himself to a piece of shit. Really. [Puck Daddy]

A case for why the Caps will still make the playoffs. [Homer McFanboy]

Alex Semin got five years and $35 million from Carolina. [Russian Machine]

Bryce Harper’s 2013 walk-up music is pretty eclectic, at least. [Bog]

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DMV: John Wall Announces His Comeback With A Killer Crossover

Wizards play their best basketball, beating Orlando 120-91 in D.C. [WaPo]

Ish Smith got John Wall with a block, Wall got Ish with a dribble. [TAI]

Secret to the Wiz’ three-game streak is they’re running. [Bullets Forever]

Michal Neuvirth’s new goalie mask has Olie the Goalie on it. [Bog]

Neuvy and Braden Holtby should both see time in goal. [Caps Insider]

Alex Ovechkin can park his car wherever he wants, and he does. [Bog]

See the new variant on Matt Hendricks’ killer shootout move. [RMNB]

Terrell Stoglin tweeted about this year’s Terps being a “joke.” [The Dagger]

Bryce Harper will be on Kimmel tonight with Rob Lowe and Big Boi. [NJ]

Ex-Nat Nyjer Morgan cheated on his girlfriend or something. [The Big Lead]

O’s agree to a one-year deal with pitcher Tommy Hunter. [O's Insider]

RGIII wins a ROY. Morris, Fletcher are second-team all-pro. [The Insider]

I love when Vinny Cerrato opens his mouth and removes all doubt. [Bog]

(Video taken with love from CSN Washington.)

DMV: John Wall Will Never Wear Those Awful Reeboks Ever Again

John Wall is switching from Reebok to adidas. It’s about time. [Wiz Insider]

John Wall should return on Saturday. It’s about damn time. [Bullets Forever]

Sounds like Andray Blatche got mixed up in something bad. [Deadspin]

When will RGIII come back? And will he ever be the same? TBD. [WaPo]

This Richard Sherman video reveals Trent Williams is insane. [USAT Sports]

Mayor Gray would like to see the Redskins change their name. [WaPo]

Even WaPo staffers openly criticized this “Redskins” column. [WaPo]

All about the FedEx Field turf which is of course really, really bad. [Bog]

Nicklas Backstrom is seeing a neck specialist. Uh oh. [Caps Insider]

Putin reportedly offered Ovi $30m to stay in Russia. [Capital Games]

Mike Green named sexiest hockey player. He also has a beard. [RMNB]

The Yankees sound like a good Mike Morse trade partner. [NY Times]

Ranking the O’s top-15 prospects, starting with Dylan Bundy. [Fangraphs]

Palmeiro, Sosa, Wells Finley and Conine didn’t make the HOF. [HOF]

Maryland gets wake-up call in the form of a loss to FSU. [Testudo Times]

My alma mater slapped around my hometown team. [JMU Sports Blog]