Is John Wall The Perfect Backcourt Partner For James Harden at Houston Rockets?

Published 12/31/2020, 11:30 PM EST
Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) comes up with a loose ball in front of San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Houston Rockets’ new acquisition, John Wall, stepped on the hardwood tonight after 737 days. His debut was delayed due to the NBA imposing a seven-day quarantine on him. But after finally getting his chance, Wall showed that he is still a quality player.

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He finished with 22 points, six rebounds and nine assists along with a steal and block against the Kings. Throughout the game, he played with full-steam despite playing for just 37 minutes.

Wall’s game involved a lot of driving to the rim, and there were doubts on whether he could have the same playstyle post-injury.

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But he had some dangerous drives and tough finishes at the rim tonight while looking as quick as ever. James Harden was carrying their offense in the previous two games, but Wall’s arrival brings the best out of them.

Can John Wall do what Russell Westbrook couldn’t?

During his prime, Wall was one of the best playmakers in the league. Tonight, he showed glimpses of why he should still be considered among them.

He had nine assists today and could have easily had more. Following the departure of Russell Westbrook, Harden had to bear the playmaking burden all by himself. But Wall is a superb creator who can ease the load for Harden.

Unlike Westbrook, Wall does not need the ball at all times. The 2017 MVP left Houston because he wasn’t getting the ball enough and wanted to be the primary ball-handler. But Wall has always been unselfish, and that makes him a perfect backcourt partner for Harden who thrives with the ball in his hands.

Tonight, they combined for 55 points and showed the potential for being one of the best backcourts in the league.

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Wall has been an average three-point shooter throughout his career. That didn’t change during tonight’s game as he shot a poor 2-8 from deep.

His jump shot looked rusty tonight, but the positive was he got himself into good positions to shoot. There were a few forced shots too. But one cannot be surprised because he just wants to show that he has still got it.

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As the games go on, his chemistry with the team will only get better. The duo of Wall and Harden looks exciting currently, and Rockets fans will be hoping that the 2018 MVP will stay put at Houston. They can cause some serious trouble if they combine like they did tonight.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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