55% more efficient from the elbow? Yeah, that’ll do it.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: John Wall is good. Yeah, I know, this isn’t news. We discussed the greatness that is JW ad nauseum in 2010, and we’ve brought it up more than a few times on this site over the last few weeks. Since returning from the knee injury that sidelined him for the first half of the season, Wall has been on a tear, making the type of third year leap that great players make.
In his latest installment to the OUTSTANDING CourtVision series, Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry breaks down just what exactly has led to Wall’s (and the Wizards) recent resurgence. To put it simply: Wall is finally hitting his mid-range jumpers. You should really read the entirety of what Goldsberry has to say, but I’ll give you a little taste in the meantime:
As of April 5, Wall is on a tear. Since Bradley Beal hurt his ankle in early March, the Wizards have relied upon Wall to score more points. He has done that and more. His incredible March breakout has given Wizards fans something to watch, and perhaps something to look forward to. All of a sudden Wall is making his jumpers, and all of a sudden he’s emerging as the player many thought he could be.
Wall’s shooting structure is really only about two key regions: the midrange and at the rim. In the midrange, his favorite shot is a free throw extended jumper on his right side. Since March 1, Wall has made 37 of his 64 attempts in this zone, good enough for 57.8 percent. In this same zone, during his first two seasons he shot 62 of 188, or 33 percent. Overall this season he’s 55 of 108 from this zone, 51 percent.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, John Wall is going to be one of the NBA’s premier players for a long time. I do have to admit though– it’s reassuring that people far smarter than I am are now backing that statement up with numbers and fancy graphics.