Last night is the best example of how much better John Wall’s shot is. He’s shooting with his swagger at an all-time high.
Everyone is talking about how much of a threat John Wall has become. The man has blazing speed. He may be one of, if not, the fastest player in the league. Scouts and Agents (see David Falk) have been hard on John Wall, as there was one grave aspect that was lacking in his game.
It WAS his jump shot.
Yes, WAS and not IS. Amazing isn’t it?
Jimmy has dedicated this past summer to the jump shot and it’s showing so far. Hard work does pay off:
“Just getting back into the gym and getting back into shape and getting my legs back under me. Doing everything that I worked on this summer….doing it right now. It sucks that it had to be the last month or two of the season to final find my rhythm, but it’s just showing my hard work pays off and I’ve just got to keep working hard and staying humble and hungry. “
Recently, Wall has been shooting extremely better. Since the month of January, Jimmy is shooting 51% from the field in March (not including the Grizzlies game last night). That’s a huge jump from 38% in February. If I did the math correctly and carried the one, that comes out to be a 13% improvement. WHOA! (Joey from Blossom reference)
Question is, how is Wall making his jump shots now?
It’s simple actually. Take a closer look when John Wall shoots his jumpers (refer to pictures below). He elevates. Now, I may not be a shooting coach or expert, but I have been playing for over 20 years and my bread and butter is my jump shot. Wall used to shoot his jumper as if he was shooting a free throw. He barely jumped. Wall relied more on his upper body when shooting.
But improving his form isn’t the only reason why John Wall’s jump shot has been successful recently. Behind every great shooter is great confidence, and since returning, Wall is playing with a ton of it and you can see it in his play night in and night out.
The threat of being able to shoot simply makes John Wall that much more dangerous. It took someone like Rajan Rando close to 6 years to develop his jump shot, but even now, it’s still not great enough to rely on.
During halftime of last night's game, CSN's Chris Miller asked Wall about his improved jump shot and how it helps. Wall responded with, “You see it? The lanes are wide open.”
Every Wizards fan always said that he would be great if he had a jump shot. Well, he’s on his way possibly, and I tip my hat to the Wizards shooting coaches and staff for helping him get there.