So, the question was, how much could Wizards number one overall draft pick John Wall improve after his 24 point-8 assist-8 turnover debut in Las Vegas Summer League? Okay, not that much, but he did register his first double-double in an NBA uniform (at least, a practice one), with 18 points, 10 assists, and 8 more turnovers iin an easy 89-64 win over the fairly dreadful Los Angeles Clippers - who didn't have Blake Griffin on the floor.
Wall again showed his compelling combination of leadership, speed, court vision, finishing and more - as well as his tendency to go too fast and try too hard at times, especially after turning the ball over or making a mistake either defensively or offensively. Kind of like a 19-year-old would be expected to play in the NBA, and that's something he's not exactly going to get over right away. But he's clearly fired up - especially when he was facing his former Kentucky backcourt partner, Eric Bledsoe - and he both loves to play well and make his teammates look good. Does he need to flex his muscles on every three-point play? Probably not recommended once the regular season gets underway.
Wall did have one nervous moment, too, when he fell awkwardly under a Clippers break on the fast break, seeming to get his head and neck caught under the L.A. player's leg. Wall was shaken up but made his free throws (8 for 8 on the night) and showed no ill effects once he took a breather.
One of Wall's benefactors against the Clippers was Nick Young, who also had 18 points and a pair of steals - hopefully enough to make him feel that the trip to Las Vegas was worth it.
Meanwhile, JaVale McGee did not have a second straight great game, with a wild 10 points, 12 boards, 7 fouls and 5 turnovers. He was a mere +4 in a game the Wizards won by 27 points.
The Wizards get a couple days of practice before getting back on the court on Thursday against Dallas.