3 reasons why keeping John Wall is the best option for Rockets

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3. John Wall will be better for the Houston Rockets in year two

Although it hasn't gotten discussed enough (or maybe you're tired of hearing about it) but Wall missed an extensive amount of time from the court. And with the injuries that he's had (specifically the Achilles injury),  he wasn't going to return as the best version of himself in his first year back on the hardwood. 

In fact, many players wouldn't even have been able to come back to the court, let alone make it through an entire NBA season. And although Wall didn't display an All-Star level of play, he still demonstrated the ability to do several things well.

Wall can still score, as he nearly averaged 21 points per game last season (20.6 to be exact), which matters. Wall had his third-best scoring season despite playing the fewest minutes of his career (32.2). 

Wall can also still run sets and create scoring opportunities for his teammates, averaging roughly 7 assists, which could be particularly useful for Jalen Green, who could be even more dangerous if he can learn how to score without having the ball in his hands (which is something that Rockets fans wished James Harden could have developed). 

Wall is still a very good defender and prides himself on making life difficult for opponents on that end of the floor, which is also something the Rockets may not have much of in their backcourt. And although Wall returned from injuries to his lower extremities, he still displayed the ability to get to the rim, he just didn't finish as well as he has in the past, as outlined below:

-2020-21: 55.4% in the restricted area (6.3 attempts)
-2018-19: 59.6% in the restricted area (7 attempts)
-2017-18: 61.5% in the restricted area (5.5 attempts per game)
-2016-17: 58.6% in the restricted area (7.3 attempts)

Another encouraging sign is that Wall appeared to still have his speed and athleticism that once made him difficult to slow down in transition, which was a concern upon his return, considering the injuries that he's had.

And this was all in his first season back in action, which one would have to imagine was an adjustment period for him physically. It's also quite possible that Wall didn't fully trust his body, as it would be natural after returning from ACL and Achilles injuries.

With the first year under his belt, one should expect Wall to be much better in 2021-22, and especially with social media poking humor at the fact that he's going to be one of the highest-paid players in the entire league.

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