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An aggressive Team USA squad — featuring the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook — smothered him every time he touched the ball.
"The way they was doing the first two days, we didn't fight back and we wasn't getting them any better. They was just basically punking us," Wall said after practice on Tuesday. "It's great to play these guys for a week. It makes you better and makes you respect the game even more."
The experience this week has been part humbling and enlightening for Wall, with the level of play exceeding what he has faced in regular-season games. It has also served as a reminder of what Wall needs to do to elevate his game and his team.
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Thanks for the link, Jeff.
I wish Wall would conjugate a verb correctly.
I'm surprised with Wall a little. I though he'd take the league by storm. He was so good that freshman year.
Maybe if he would have gone to college......
Looking back, he was a little less quick than you need to be to be super successful in the pros. He doesn't have that first step that Tony Parker or Westbrook or even Nash have. Wall is super fast but his quickness is nothing special in the pro game. He also doesn't shoot particularly well nor does he have great shot selection. To be fair, he's on a horrible team and asked to do a lot more scoring than he probably should be asked to do. Put him on the Lakers and he's a very good PG. I don't think he'll ever be HOF caliber though.
Sadly, the word "bust" is now being attached to Wall.
Imo there's 2 reasons he has struggled so much.
1.) He has had ZERO talent around him.
2.) His lack of a Jumper. Defenders basically play 5-6 feet off of him and take away his drive limiting him offensively.
There's no question Wall has the talent and potential to be a mega star but he needs help and he must develope a J. I think we could see a very different Wall if he chooses to go elsewhere once he is a FA.
He's a distributor on a team with no one to distribute it to. They didn't get that much better with this draft either. If they would have some how obtained MKG or Davis they could have been looking much better but they kinda just lost out, out of no fault of their own. He's still a young guy so you never know. Certainly not ready to write him off.
Personally I don't think it has anything to do with his quickness. He's plenty quick enough.
It has more to do with having no jumper. All he needs is to develop that little stop and pop 12-15 footer that Westbrook has really developed in his game. That would help a ton. A good coach and some talent around him would help even more. Flip Saunders is terrible.
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AD would have been a God send to that franchise.
He and Wall would have been a very strong foundation to build on. Im not sure MKG (at this point...not necessarily down the road) would have been a better fit than Beal. Now, long term yeah i think MKG would be the better fit as i believe he will develope his offensive game...kids works too hard not to.
Beal would have been nice too.
Dude....they drafted Beal...lol
Nevermind I kept thinking they drafted Dion Waiters. Beal will help for sure. I like him a lot.
Wall, statistically, had one of the worst shooting seasons in the history of the league and the players around him aren't very good, don't care or both.
Still has a chance to be very, very good.
The thing is a lot of people are quitting on Wall already if you get down to it though Wall has been really good his first two years. If you look at his numbers vs. Kyrie Irving, probably the guy you're going to compare him to for most of his career, the numbers are comparable. Irving wins scoring by 2 points, Wall wins assists by almost 3 per game, Wall is the better statistical defender, Kyrie is the better statistical shooter. Seriously the biggest difference between the two is Kyrie has some other decent options around him, Wall would likely give a lot to have guys like Varejao, Jamison, even Tristan Thompson around him vs. the teammates he has now and even so he averaged 3 more assists than Kyrie.
Grunfeld has finally started putting what resembles an NBA roster around Wall. Soon they're going to have turned a horrible locker room of guys like Jevale McGee, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, and Rashard Lewis into guys like Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, and Brad Beal. Then if Wall doesn't take the next step I don't blame anyone for starting to get onto him but with that starting 5 plus guys like Jordan Crawford, Chris Singleton, and Trevor Booker coming off the bench I think the Wall and the Wizards may contend for a playoff spot next year.
He'll be fine ...
In his second season in the league ... on a horrible team ... his numbers are as good or better than Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash at the same point in their careers ... including shooting percentages.
He's only played 2 years. It's to early to tag him a bust yet. Another 2 years like this and you could. I don't buy the argument of bad teammates. It doesn't help but a #1 pick never has much talent around him. If he does end up being a bust it would be terrible for UK. We'd have the biggest bust in football history with Couch and the biggest in bball with Wall. I guess you could make the argument Bowie was the biggest bust but that doesn't really help our cause.
That's usually a problem.
You don't follow football much if you really think Couch is the biggest bust in football history. Couch isn't even the biggest bust in his own draft.
One of. I was thinking Marinovich but he pretty much busted in college. Who in his draft was a bigger bust?
Akilli Smith went #3 and was a TON worse than Couch.
Far and away I'd think you'd have Ryan Leaf as the biggest but of a pick of all time.
David Carr wasn't nearly as good as Couch and was in the same situation.
KiJana Carter is probably worse based on expectations.
Heath Shuler went #3 and was beat out in Washington by a 7th rounder in Gus Ferotte.
Courtney Brown in a draft where 7 of the Top 10 are Pro Bowl caliber guys and probably 3-4 HOFs eventually is a lot worse than Couch.
Charlie Rogers never translated to the pros what he looked like in college.
Jamarcus Russell.....need i say more?
Ryan Leaf definitely takes the cake. In the NBA its either Michael O, or Greg Oden. Gred Oden especially considering you could have had Kevin Durant. But there has been alot of busts that I can't remember.
NBA I'd make a case for Larue Martin......and I know a bunch of you guys are going who?
1972 he went #1 overall ahead of #2 Bob McAdoo #10 Paul Westphal, and #12 Julius Erving....yeah two HOFs and one of the better/safer PGs of his generation. Martin averaged a whopping 5 points and 4 rebounds in a 4 year career.
Darko ahead of Melo, Bosh, Wade is a really bad one too.
I don't count Bowie or Oden because without injuries who the hell knows what happens with them?
Kent Benson ahead of Sikma, Bernard, Marques Johnson, Otis Birdsong is pretty bad.
Jon Koncack and Joe Kleine ahead of Chris Mullin, Detlef Schrempf, Charles Oakley, and Karl F'n Malone are pretty terrible.
The entire 1986 first round outside of Daugherty, Person, Dell Curry and Scott Skiles. Sabonis was the last pick of the 1st round then Mark Price, Dennis Rodman, Jeff Hornaceck, and Drazen Petrovic went post Round 1.
Pervis as the #1 ended up looking horrible though it took everyone a few years to figure that out.
Joe Smith is pretty bad as a #1 pick as well. The fact that a future HOF guy in Garnett went at 5 along with some multiple time all stars as well.
The entire 98 draft is bad. In the Top 10 alone Olowakandi, Raef LaFrentz, Jason "White Chocolate" Williams, Larry Hughes, and Robert "Tractor" Traylor are all taken. Nowitzki went #9 and Paul Pierce #10.
Kwame Brown is probably the biggest bust of a modern pick though. It gets excused because everyone remembers 2001 as a bad draft. Tyson Chandler went #2, Pau Gasol went #3, Joe Johnson fell to #10, and Gerald Wallace and Tony Parker were both late 1sts.
Forgot about Darko.
Garnett came out of high school so tough to blame people for not picking him. Kobe is kind of the same because he went #12 or #13 but he was coming out of high school.
Forgot about Kwame Brown too.
Kobe's different though he told everyone ahead of time there were only two teams he'd play for Philly and LA. Philly took Iverson #1 and Kobe fell because no one wanted to get stuck with a guy who wouldn't play for them. Charlotte finally caved and drafted him and traded him for Vlade and some picks.
None of those guys came even close to the expectations of Couch. Maybe Leaf.
Couch didn't stand a chance! If he had an offensive line that could of protected him, I bet things would have turned out differently for him. But sadly, we will never know.
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