John Wall's All-Star CredentialsPosted on December 13, 2013 by Jacob Raim
*All stats are for games prior to 12/13
Right now, it's hard to argue against John Wall being on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad in New Orleans in 2014. But if you're not convinced? He's at or near the top of just about every single major category among Eastern Conference guards. Here are some of those stats and rankings that should leave no doubt in anybody's mind.
Among Eastern Conference guards, Wall is...
First in Player Efficiency at 21.7
Second in Estimated Wins Added at 3.7 (behing Arron Afflalo, first among PGs)
Second in PER at 20.90 (behind Dwyane Wade, first among PGs)
Second in Value Added at 111.6 (behind Afflalo, first among PGs by a whopping 38 points)
First in assists per game at 9.1
First in assist opportunities per game at 18.7 (passes to a teammate where if the teammate hit the shot, it would be an assist)
Sixth in assist-TO ratio at 2.64:1
Fourth in scoring at 19.6 ppg (second amongst PGs)
Fifth in rebounding at 4.4 per game (first among point guards)
Third in minutes per game at 37.8 (first among point guards)
Second in steals per game at 2.3
Fifth in blocks per game at .45
First in double-doubles with seven
That's only basic individual stats. It's safe to say that as Wall goes, the Wizards go, and he's directly responsible for some impressive team stats.
Among Eastern Conference teams, the Wizards are...
Second in 3 point shooting percentage at .384
Wall creates so many of the open looks for the Wizards' shooters by driving and dishing or simply drawing a vast majority of the attention of the opponents defense.
Third in Assists per game at 23.4
Wall is directly responsible for a little less than half of these. If you include 'hockey assists' (where Wall makes the pass to the player who gets credit for the assist), it's half. Wall also leads Eastern Conference guards in 'hockey assists,' by the way.
Third in steals per game at 9.3
Wall leads the team in steals per game and his quickness frequently helps create steals for other players.
What has Wall done for his teammates so far this year? Well thus far every single guy that Wall has played significant minutes with in the starting lineup is averaging well over their career averages in scoring.
Trevor Ariza's career average is 9.3 ppg. He's averaging 16.2 ppg this year. That would be the best average of his 10 year NBA career.
Marcin Gortat's career average is 8.8 ppg. He's averaging 13.5 ppg this year. That would be the second best average of his seven year NBA career.
Nene's career average is 12.5 ppg. He's averaging 14.8 ppg this year. That would be the best average of his 12 year NBA career.
Martell Webster's career average is 9.0 ppg. He's averaging 12.2 ppg this year. That would be the best average of his nine year NBA career.
Finally, Bradley Beal's scoring is up by about six points over his rookie campaign. This has a lot to do with Beal's maturation in his second year and when he gets healthy, he just might find himself in the All-Star conversation as well. But there's no doubt that Wall has helped him get get to that point and to his current average of over 20 ppg this year.
Let's get John Wall to the All-Star Game, vote early and vote often.
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