3 Reasons John Wall signing can be game changer

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Another bold defender

For most of John Wall’s career, his blurring speed has received the headlines. At a moment’s notice, Wall blows past his defenders and makes his way to the rim, often leaving his own teammates behind in the process.

For his career, the former five-time All-Star holds averages of 19.1 points per game and has registered three separate scoring seasons of at least 20 points a night. Yet, despite his ability to take over games on the offensive end, Wall’s defensive chops are often swept under the rug.

During the 2014-15 season, Wall’s willingness to clamp down on the opposing team’s best players was rewarded with an All-Defensive team selection. In fact, Wall’s 4.2 defensive win shares rested at the top of the charts for his position and 14th overall.

Reggie Jackson, notoriously known as a poor defender, attempted to refurbish his reputation on that end of the court this past season. LA’s floor general ended the year with 2.0 defensive win shares, a career best.

Wall, 31, has seemingly lost at least some of his elite lateral movement. Still, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard aiding him on that end of the court, coupled with his own defensive tenacity, LA will now feature three former All-Defensive guards in their starting lineup.