Remember when you saw a John Wall highlight reel for the first time? My first experience with him came courtesy of this mixtape from his high school days, in which Wall fast-twitches all over various high school gyms and generally looks like a space alien come to destroy our previous notions of what a basketball player can and cannot do.
It's been a long time since I've felt that way about Wall. Since going pro, his electric talents have been buried under the persistent dysfunction of his Wizards team, a prolonged injury, and the possibility that he had transformed into Fat John Wall. The fact that the NBA is now littered with dynamic young point guards didn't help matters, either. There are only so many hosannas to go around.