John Wall to pay Wizards assistant $100 per three-turnover game


Put the ball in John Wall‘s hands, and good things tend to happen. He can get to the rim to score for himself or set up his Wizards teammates.

But, if you want to nitpick, Wall can be a littlie sloppy. His 3.8 turnovers per game ranked fifth in the NBA last season behind Russell Westbrook,DeMarcus Cousins,James Hardenand LeBron James.

Wall wants to nitpick.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

He also wants to improve his shot selection and turnover rate. To incentivize the cause, Wall will pay assistant coach Howard Eisley $100 for every game he commits more than two turnovers.

That would have cost Wall $6,200 last season. He had at least three turnovers in 62 of his 79 games.

Fewer than three turnovers per game is a low bar to limbo under for someone who handles the ball as much as Wall. The ideal number is zero, but turnovers happen. The ability to get better shots by moving the ball and risking cough-ups justifies the occasional turnover.

As long as Wall doesn’t become too conservative just to protect his turnover total – similar to the concern I have over his outside shooting – this is an admirable goal. Wall is clearly holding himself to high standard.