Newly named team captain John Wall scored 19 points in his home debut Tuesday night, as the Washington Wizards rolled to a 107-92 victory over the hapless Atlanta Hawks.
The overall No. 1 pick from Kentucky dazzled the crowd at the Verizon center with an array scintillating plays and solid basketball.
After a slow start, Wall sparked Washington in the second quarter, when the Wizards took control of the game. Wall had five assists in the period as Washington built an 18-point lead.
Nick Young, starting in place of the (fake) injured Gilbert Arenas, had 24 points for the Wizards, while reserve JaVale McGee scored 16 points taking advantage of Atlanta’s smaller front-court. Gilbert had this to say about his “injury”:
“I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the three position, especially since we’re going three guards, so I told him I’d go ahead and fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me so you can start,” a smiling Arenas said in the locker room.
Jordan Crawford dropped 30 on Wall and company, and is my sleeper pick for Rookie of the Year.
The Hawks are winless in pre-season.