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http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22182683/zach-lowe-2018-nba-all-star-starters-reserves



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Wall is shooting 42 percent, his lowest mark since he was a rookie, and he just hasn't played with enough vigor on either end of the floor. One measure of that: He has spent 76.57 percent of floor time either standing still or walking, the largest such share among all rotation players, according to tracking data from Second Spectrum. Dirk Nowitzki is right behind Wall, and he's almost 40.

It's unclear how much that metric means. Most of the guys near the top are slow behemoths -- as we'd expect. LeBron is No. 4, and James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, and Jeff Teague all populate the top 20. Ball-dominant stars need to conserve energy. Some guys shift from walking to turbo mode without spending much time in between.

But regardless: Wall should not be freaking last. He too often stands around when he doesn't have the ball, or when a shot is the air and he might be able to help on the glass. He switches constantly on defense to avoid chasing his guy around picks.

Again: most stars do this to varying degrees. Wall's habits this season have drifted too far in the wrong direction. Teams take their cues from their best players, and the Wizards have spent a lot of this season playing casual, entitled basketball. Toss in Wall's icy 2-point shooting, a small drop in assists and 11 missed games, and Love gets the tiebreaker.

• Motion-tracking data on Wall makes for a nice contrast with the perpetually underrated Lowry. (Bill Simmons reacted with surprise on the Lowe Post last week when I listed Lowry as a lock.) Lowry is hyperactive, always moving, and his dangerous 3-point shot -- approaching 40 percent now -- gives that motion value: Bodies and eyes stalk him everywhere.

Lowry is a grittier rebounder than Wall, and a more consistent, alert defender. When both hit peak intensity, Wall is better. Lowry is the more worthy All-Star.

• No one should have penciled in Irving and DeRozan as starters without considering Oladipo. He is their equal in most statistical categories, and the best defender among them. Replace him with a league-average 2-guard, and the Pacers are deep into the lottery.

But both Irving and DeRozan have a little more creative responsibility in the half court -- both dish more dimes than 'Dipo -- for teams that have lapped the East. Boston has struggled to score at all without Irving, while the Raps are destroying teams when DeRozan spells Lowry, per NBA.com. (Boston has also managed quite well when Irving plays without Horford.) With all things about equal, let's defer to winning.

 
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moremilk
Couldn't agree more with his take on wall as well, he's one my favourite players, but this season is shameful. There's got to be something fishy there, either he's not healthy, or he wants out or something. He's been a shade of his normal self.
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Northern Neighbour
moremilk wrote:
Couldn't agree more with his take on wall as well, he's one my favourite players, but this season is shameful. There's got to be something fishy there, either he's not healthy, or he wants out or something. He's been a shade of his normal self.


Probably still upset over his contract.
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DocHolliday
moremilk wrote:
Couldn't agree more with his take on wall as well, he's one my favourite players, but this season is shameful. There's got to be something fishy there, either he's not healthy, or he wants out or something. He's been a shade of his normal self.


Maybe his knees just aren't the same, especially that left one he's missed time for and had an MRI on again in Nov.
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