COMMENTARY | While Bradley Beal has continued his solid play of a year ago, point guard John Wall should still be the one with the ball in his hands when a clutch bucket is needed by the Washington Wizards.
Take nothing away from Beal, he's played well, but Wall has showed us all multiple times this season why he is still the go-to guy for head coach Randy Whitman and the Wizards.
There are five reasons why he should be trusted with the final shot:
Reason 1. Team Superstar
Wall has returned from his knee injury of a year ago just as good as, if not better, than when he left. This past week, he was named an NBA Player of the Week after averaging 24.3 points per game, including a 37-point effort on Friday night and a 31-point effort on Saturday night.
While Beal may be the team's leading scorer at 20.6 points per game, Wall contributes to Beal's success by averaging 8.9 assists per game. He's unselfish with the basketball, but still manages 18.6 points per game. He does it all for the Wizards and while he may not lead them in the stat sheet, he's certainly their on-court leader.
Reason 2. His Skill Set
John Wall is a very talented young point guard in the NBA and only gets better with age. He's improved his ability as a shooter and has expanded his arsenal of moves with the ball in his hands. If he needs to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, he has the ability to do that. If he needs to get separation and hit a jumper, he's evolved his game to do that, as well.
Reason 3. His Basketball IQ
Wall knows what needs to be done. It sounds like a simple thing to say, but he's well aware of the situation on the floor and knows what needs to be done to force overtime or win the game. Being able to quickly and swiftly determine what needs to be done when it's crunch time will go along way in making you a successful point guard. Wall has the basketball IQ to understand what he needs to do with the amount of time left on the clock.
Reason 4. He's a Playmaker
All John Wall does for the Wizards is make plays, and he is their best playmaker. When the clock is winding down and a big play needs to be made, he's the best man for the job. We've already gone over his skill set and his mentality, but there's just something about John Wall. Whenever the basketball is in his hands, something positive is going to happen for the Wizards.
Reason 5. Experience
It's possibly the simplest reason, but it makes all the difference. Anybody can take the last shot, but it takes a special player to make the last shot. They've got to know what to do, where to go and how to get there to make that play. All of that comes from experience and that's something that John Wall has on a young Wizards team.
John Wall may not lead the Wizards in every statistical category, but he's certainly the leader of this team on the floor. When the clock is winding down and the game is on the line, he's the one that should get the rock when a big basket is needed.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports covering the Washington Redskins, Wizards and NASCAR among others. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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