What to expect with Wall back

What to expect with Wall back
January 11, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Without John Wall, the Wizards are off to a 5-28 start but with the former #1 overall pick in 2010 returning tomorrow night against Atlanta, it's a safe prediction that the Wizards will have a better winning percentage going forward with the team's best player back. Wall averaged 16 points and 8 assists the last two seasons but he hasn't played this year because of a sore knee and he has been sorely missed.

The Wizards have missed Wall's ability to change the pace of the game with his incredible speed with the ball in his hands and the ability to find teammates to finish on the break. The Wizards have missed Wall's leadership as he is the floor leader at the point guard position. The Wizards have missed his development playing the two man game with center Nene. The two had started to show a nice combination late last season after Nene came over from Denver via trade.

Wall has game-changing talent and that's why the team has been so looking forward to his return since late September when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left patella. His presence on the court will absolutely make a difference for a team that needs all the help that it can get, especially on offense. The team is dead last in points per game at 89.24 a game.

Clearly, Wall's conditioning will be an issue early on because he has only been practicing with the team for the last 10 days and he hasn't played in an NBA game since last April. His minutes will be limited initially, but just having him back is a step in the right direction.