Washington Wizards’ John Wall: Early NBA Summer League Observations

July 13th, 2010 by CJ Hempfield Leave a reply »
It is important to note that many of the current players on Summer League teams will never play on a NBA team. Any analysis of a player's Summer League performance has to take the level of competition, or lack thereof, into consideration before attempting to make any judgments.

However, there are a number of items to take into consideration, such as a player's focus, their attention to detail, how hard they appear to be working, improvement made on identified deficiencies in their game, etc.

After two Summer League games, I have been most impressed by the leadership skills John Wall is exhibiting. In part, I am impressed by this because he is currently the youngest player on the team, yet players appear to be accepting of his leadership.

The Wizards have long needed a “floor general.” Many hoped that Gilbert Arenas would evolve into that role, but it never materialized. Just because a person is your most talented player does not mean they have the mental makeup to be the team leader. Some people are just not suited for that role.

Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler took more active team leadership roles ins ...

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