Having played in just 73 games over the past two seasons, John Wall’s Achilles injury was like a sucker punch to the stomach for the Wizards. They have had to roll with Bradley Beal and company until his return, but even Wall says he does not know when, or if, that will happen this season.
The good news is, the 5x All-Star has been working during this time, and we have reason to believe his perimeter game is much improved. Here is what Wizards coach Scott Brooks said regarding the state of his All-Star guard.
“He’s running, he’s jumping, he’s shooting. He’s shooting the lights out,” Scott Brooks said, via Larry Brown Sports. “That’s the good thing about an injury like he’s had — all you have to do is shoot. He’s looking good. Still lots of work to be done, but he has the right mindset. I anticipate him coming back and being as good as ever.”
Wall’s Achilles injury stems from a left heel ailment he had in December of last year. He underwent season-ending surgery in January of 2019, but an infection developed in the incision. While he was recovering from the trauma, he suffered a ruptured left Achilles when he slipped and fell in his home. He was ruled out for 12 more months.
While we have yet to see Wall in action, Brooks seems optimistic about his return. If he has really developed a reliable jumper, it would do wonders for his game as perimeter shooting was always the weakest aspect of his skillset.
Here is to hoping for a quick and successful return to the court for Wall, who is hoping to bounce back from a rough couple of seasons in the NBA.