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John Wall

While a lot of folks are concentrating on John Wall doing “the Dougie” during his introduction — So. Many. Videos. — he also had a stupendous debut for the Washington Wizards crowd: 29 points, 13 assists (although, he did have eight turnovers), and a whopping nine steals, one of which is below:


Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus offers his critique of Wall’s steal/dunk:

During the third quarter, Wall made one play that I’m not sure anyone else in the league is capable of completing in total. He leaped to deflect a Jrue Holiday pass near half court, managed to secure the loose ball and then darted to the rim to finish with a powerful slam dunk. Cue the “Where Amazing Happens” commercial.

That’s some heady, heady praise, especially when you consider how respected the source is.

While Wall’s turnovers are a little troubling, he is only a rookie who plays at a blur’s pace and has the ball in his hand a great deal. If, three or four seasons down the line, Wall is still turning it over eight-plus times a game, then there’s cause for concern. As it stands, his eye-popping speed and athleticism, coupled with his lack of NBA experience, lends itself to more turnovers.

You have to take the good with the bad, and at this point, Wall’s good — as well as his potential to be great — outweighs whatever carelessness he’s working out.