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Even though I'm trying my hardest to keep my expectations down, I'll admit it...I'm excited about John Wall's first couple games in the Vegas Summer League. For the most of you that can't be bothered with summer league basketball, and I don't blame you one bit for making that decision, Wall has looked anywhere from pretty to really good in his fist two games as a professional.
In his first game on Sunday, Wall put up 24 points with eight assists, and followed that up with 18 and 10 yesterday. Those are very very good numbers. He had eight turnovers in each of those games, but I'm willing to look past that. Wall has looked good so far, so why am I trying to temper my expectations? I'm glad you asked.
Because this is the NBA Summer League, and success in this set of glorified scrimmages is not an indication of success in the actual factual NBA. Marco Belinelli (click here to learn more, because surely you've never heard of him) scored 37 in his first summer league game, looking like the next Ray Allen in the process. He was then promptly relegated from the bench, never to be heard from again. Need another example? The Wizards played the Clippers yesterday, and despite having players who will be on an NBA roster this fall, the Clip Show was led in scoring by Nik Caner-Medley. Yeah, that Nik Caner-Medley.
While summer league dominance does not indicate future success, being terrible in the summer league isn't a very good sign either. So I guess we can look at this one as half-full.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
-Maybe I'm just a hater, let's hear from the people who have those number #2 jerseys on pre-order. Bullets Forever recaps John Wall's latest summer exploit.
-Landon Milbourne and Grevis Vasquez played together for four years at Maryland. Testudo Times chronicles their first meeting as professionals. Spoiler alert: neither looked very good.
-The World Cup is more than a soccer tournament, its a study in how the rest of the world handles their favorite game. SB Nation.com's Spencer Hall takes a look back at what aspects of the world's largest sporting event we could use here in America.
On tap today: Scott Jackson considers the worst possible scenario for D.C. Sports. Make sure to knock on wood before you read this article.