“Every night I have to prove myself,” Wall said. “It’s just like when I was named the number one player in high school. Everybody wanted to see if I was real, I’m here to show the world I am.”
When Wall is on the court, the Wizards’ plus/minus goes from -2.1 to 4.3. The team’s offensive rating jumps from 102.7 when he sits to 113.0 when he’s on the floor. The team also allows 2.3 fewer points per Basketball Cheap Jerseys 100 possessions than when he’s on the bench.
Wall plays with a quiet rage. On offense, he’s a player that has to be guarded for 90 feet. He drives to the bucket with speed and patience reminiscent of Le’Veon Bell as he waits for the right hole to open up. And when he can’t get to the bucket, he kicks it out to an open teammate for a jumper.
“He makes my game so much better,” Beal said. “I know he’s going to make good decisions and I’m going to get good looks. All I have to do is knock them down.”
Blount keeps Philadelphia from going all third-down, scatback type with the three-headed committee of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey. Sproles was spry getting some extra rushing work last season, but he turns 34 in June. Smallwood showed flashes in 2016 but is going into his second season coming off a Basketball Jerseys For Sale knee injury. Pumphrey has speed as a fresh-legged change of pace alternative, but he’s still a rookie fourth-rounder.
Philadelphia, after missing out on Dalvin Cook in the draft and having undrafted rookie Corey Clement as the only viable pure power option, needed Blount’s thundering style and finishing ability to round out its backfield. Blount fits well into Pederson’s offense and will find plenty of room to rumble behind the Eagles’ elite line, especially with the Eagles being able to stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally in 2017.