Wall is a household name and widely considered one of the best players in the NBA, but if Washington draws the Cavs this postseason, expect him to have the series of his life.
I’ve already mentioned the transition advantage the Wizards have — Wall is going to reap the benefits from that — but Wall should also thrive in the half-court against Cleveland.
Wall’s game hasn’t come close to its peak, but it doesn’t get enough credit for how refined it can be at times — when Wall gets into the paint, he’s incredible. The trick to stopping him is to get him to shoot the ball (typically by an icing).
But the Cavs don’t have anyone, save for LeBron, who can make that happen. Wall might not be the best pick-and-roll point guard in the NBA, but expect him to have a field day against Kyrie Irving, who was is expected to be the primary point guard mark now, but allows a staggering 0.96 points per possession on the pick-and-roll.
And don’t expect Deron Williams to do much better — not only would he be burned in transition (making a big problem worse) — he’s not much better against the PnR (0.86 PPP).
And switching Kyrie on the PnR? That won’t do much for the Cavs either — Kyrie has a turnover percentage of zero when he switches to the pick setter.
Wall is going to be able to operate in the half court as he sees fit, taking on two, and sometimes even three players as he drives to the basket. And surrounding him, more often than not, will be at least three players who can knock down an open 3-pointer.
Again, the Wizards can’t play a lick of defense either, but Washington is poised to score a ton of points against the Cavs should the two teams meet. And even for Cleveland and the greatest player on the planet, it’s going to be tough to match.
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