John Wall is no stranger to NBA stardom. Many players in the league look up to him. Buddy Hield explained his impact post-game yesterday.
After getting off to an 0-2 start, the Rockets have corrected to a 2-2 record. They’ve won both their games against the Kings since John Wall’s comeback from Covid isolation. Wall and Cousins have both looked solid, if not right at the peak of their games right away.
Wall certainly brought the energy to the court last night against the Kings. He scored 28 points, set up 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wall shot 11 of 21 from the field and played some clutch defense. He was a large part of how the Rockets held the Kings to just 30 second-half points.
If Wall continues to perform in this vein, Harden doesn’t have much reason to demand a trade. He’s now got two big men with shooting range in Christian Wood and Demarcus Cousins. John Wall will be the primary ballhandler. They have options on the wing as well.
Buddy Hield explains how John Wall impacts the game
Despite ending up on the losing side to the Rockets, Hield only had positive things to say about the Kings’ opponents. In particular, he had high praise for John Wall, noting that he was coaching even while the game was on:
“He looks really good. He’s talking and being a coach out there for his teammates. He’s very positive. He’s even telling me stuff I can do to get open.”
Buddy Hield says John Wall was coaching him during the game
“He’s talking and being a coach out there for his teammates. He’s very positive. He’s even telling me stuff I can do to get open.” 😅
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 3, 2021
Wall will no doubt get even more effective as the season progresses. Do keep in mind that the last time Wall played a full season, he made it to an All-NBA team and was 6th in MVP voting. Wall was legitimately the second best player in the East other than LeBron James. The sky is the limit for the Rockets if he can crack the Harden code too.