Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The Great Wall
By Mike Lynch, ESPN Stats & Info
Tuesday night's best game was arguably a matchup between a pair of winless teams that held the top two picks in the 2010 NBA Draft. John Wall was the reason why.
In his home debut, Wall put up 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals as the Wizards topped the 76ers in overtime. There's a plethora of interesting notes on that line (many courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau), so let's dig right in:
• Wall is the first player in NBA history to have at least 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals in a single game.
• He's the fourth player in NBA history to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in his home debut.
• Only one NBA rookie has ever had more than Wall's nine steals in a game (steals have been an official stat since 1973-74). That was Ron Harper back in 1986-87.
• Though Wall's nine steals were not a rookie record, they did match the Wizards franchise record. Gus Williams and Michael Adams are the only two other players in franchise history to post nine steals in a game. Additionally, Wall's nine steals represent a Verizon Center record in an NBA game.
• His total of 31 assists through his first three career games are tied for the most in NBA history along with Jamaal Tinsley and Damon Stoudamire. Wall and Stoudamire are the only two players in NBA history to post at least nine assists in each of their first three career games.
• Wall posted eight points in the first half, 17 points in the second half and four points in overtime. He has developed an early knack for taking over games in the second half. Through three NBA games, Wall is averaging 15.7 PPG in the second half (6.7 PPG in first half).
• Six of Wall's steals came in the third quarter. He's the first rookie to notch six steals in a quarter since Rajon Rondo in 2006-07.
Speaking of Rondo, he made some special history on Tuesday as well. The Celtics point guard racked up 17 assists against the Pistons, which gives him 67 on the season. That is the most assists a player has had in his team's first four games of the season in NBA history. Magic Johnson and John Stockton each had seasons in which they compiled 65 assists in their team's first four games.