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Tonight, John wall officially becomes a member of the Washington Wizards. I know it has felt official because its all anyone is talking about, but until about 9:00 p.m., John Wall isn't a member of the organization.
It's hard to know what to expect from Wall in his rookie season, aside from the dunks and no-look passes and stuff. How good can we expect him to be in his first season? In the last 31 years, there have only been three point guards drafted first overall in the draft (and one of them is a PG by name only): Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson (that one), and Derrick Rose.
Of the three, it clearly makes the most sense to compare him to Rose. Magic and AI were in college for longer than Wall, and were completely different prospects. Rose's rookie stats? A nice 16.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.8 rpg, on 48 percent shooting while starting 80 games. Oh, and lets not forget his performance in that epic first round against the Celtics. Those are pretty good stats, and Wall is considered a better prospect. I expect his numbers to look like those, maybe with a few less points, but more assists.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- How many times have you been reading Albert Haynesworth coverage and said to yourself, "I wonder what John Riggins thinks about all this. If it's one or more, Hogs Haven has your answer.
- We'll keep you current on Wizards draft news throughout the day, but Bullets Forever has the rest of the NBA on lock.
- World Cup elimination matches continue; SBNation.com has full coverage.
- You know, there are 59 picks in the NBA draft tonight that will come after John Wall. Learn more at our draft and D-League blog, Ridiculous Upside.
On tap at SBNDC: Jake Whitacre compares John Wall and Stephen Strasburg's potential impact on the city -- so much star power, you probably shouldn't stare directly at the screen. Also, Chris Needham discusses whether the Nationals should sign Adam Dunn to an extension when his contract expires at the end of the season.