News broke out of Houston today. John Wall is looking to leave town and the Rockets would love nothing more than to be rid of him and his nightmare contract. The 76ers find themselves in a similar situation with Ben Simmons. An All-Star Point Guard that wants to leave town. There would likely need to be another team and possibly other assets involved to swing a trade like that. I’ll leave the specifics of how Wall gets to Philly to the armchair GMs. I’m sure they are already concocting elaborate trade deals in the NBA Trade Machine as we speak.
What happens after he gets here? Is he the guy that puts this team on his back and carries them in the fourth quarter of a second round playoff game? Doc Rivers famously broke down mid press conference and admitted he didn’t know that he could win a championship with Ben Simmons as a starting Point Guard. Well would he stand a better chance with John Wall? Let’s look at the tale of the tape Via Basketball Reference:
The difference jumps out and slaps you in the face. John Wall, over 37 career playoff games has scored 810 points. Ben Simmons meanwhile has scored 473 over 34 games. It’s been proven by now that Wall isn’t afraid of taking the ball in a big game. While there are other things Simmons does better nobody can argue this fact: all those fall by the wayside in the post season because of his refusal to open up his offensive game. That goose egg under 3P on the table above is haunting.
You wouldn’t have to sit John Wall down the stretch of a playoff game because he’s afraid of going to the line. John Wall is the kind of Point Guard that will take an open three if you give it to him. To be clear he will miss most of those open three’s, but you better believe he will take that shot.
Can John Wall be a championship Point Guard? If he stays healthy, I say without a doubt.
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