Profiles In NBA Draft Awesomeness: John Wall Is A Freaking Cyborg

Draft. Quickly.

DC Sports Bog had some videos today that kind of sort of blew my mind out my brain hole.

Are you kidding me? Are you freaking kidding me? The kid’s top speed slows down by less than .5 seconds with the ball versus without. He’s faster than Paul or Williams. If you want practical application? Try and imagine two players chasing a loose ball, with nothing but open court after that. Wall’s able to execute in transition by the time even an average player is going to recognize what’s happening. But that’s just part of it.  Here’s his vision test.

And that, right there, is why from the first time I watched him, I thought he was going to be a prospect unlike anything we’ve seen since 2003. Wall’s vision is going to translate so much better to the NBA. In college, I saw him stifled without a pick and roll partner, and constantly saw teammates bobbling passes they weren’t expecting because, honestly, how could that pass get there? He can slip the ball in between defenders while driving, and his mastery of the elbow-to-baseline pass is going to lead to so many dunks, so many baseline j’s, so many fouls drawn.  The shot needs work, there’s no question. They’re going to Rondo the kid consistently until he hurts them with it. It has to be the one thing he personally works on more than any other, particularly from the arc. But at the same time? His consistency in vision and speed is going to create looks for him. It just is. Blatche better screen well. McGee better screen well. If they do, they’re going to get a ton of looks that are going to make those guys a lot of money. And Arenas? Just stay the hell out of the way and shoot when he gets it to you.

I’ve been sold on Wall from the start. And I can’t wait to see him show us the future.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.