Guards of the Future: John Wall and Damian Lillard

Action in the 2014 NBA Playoffs has undeniably been among the best for several reasons. One of these is how the road teams have virtually negated homecourt advantage, winning an NBA Playoffs record 24 times in the first round and 32 overall. Games have been extraordinarily tight, too, with 8 first round games going into overtime (including four straight between the Grizzlies and Thunder — another NBA Playoffs record) and five first round series going the full seven games. One of the best reasons, at least for me, however, is this — we have seen the emergence of some young stars. These young guns have really impressed so far, coming up big in crunch time and showing the entire NBA fanbase that they belong in the Playoffs. Among these are Jeff Teague, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, and LaMarcus Aldridge. The ones I really want to talk about right now, though, are two guys who, despite their youth, are already among the best point guards in the NBA — Portland’s Damian Lillard and Washington’s John Wall.

Two guards who are sure to continue to rise in the future:
John Wall and Damian Lillard!

Let’s begin with Lillard, who has undeniably made his first foray in the postseason very memorable. He got his hero moment back in round one, when loud cheers enveloped him after he hit this game-winning and series-ending shot that eliminated the Houston Rockets. In fact, minutes after the Blazers tossed Houston, clips of Lillard’s improbable long tom circulated around Vine and YouTube. We all knew the 2013 Rookie of the Year was good, but this shot, this moment, permanently validated his star status.

He learned a lot in the second round as well when Portland faced the seemingly invincible San Antonio Spurs. With his club down 0-3 in the series, Lillard came up big in Game 4, shooting 52% from the floor to score 25 points on top of 4 rebounds and 5 assists to prevent a sweep. The Blazers were bounced just today in Game 5, but it wasn’t for Lillard’s lack of effort. On the contrary, he recorded an impressive 17-point, 10-assist double-double in his final game of the 2014 Playoffs. With everything he learned in his first postseason campaign, Lillard should be even more ready and more solid when Portland makes the Playoffs again next season.

Here’s @Dame_Lillard rocking a sublime pair of adidas Crazyquick 2s as he sends the Rockets fishing!

Damian Lillard's now famous buzzer-beating, game-winning,
and series-clinching three!
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Meanwhile, out East, Washington Wizards star floor general John Wall continues to stand out in his own pair of Crazyquick 2 PEs. In Game 5, with the Wizards in danger of getting kicked out of the Playoffs, Wall scored a playoff career-high 27 points, handed out 5 assists, and hauled down 5 boards. It was, perhaps, Wall’s best performance of these Playoffs so far, and it definitely couldn’t have come at a better time! The former top overall pick shot 55% from the field, 50% from beyond the arc, and 100% from the line in this encounter, underscoring his potential as one of the league’s flagship superstars in the very near future.

To illustrate, Wall had a banner season in the NBA, averaging career-highs in points (19.3), assists (8.8), steals (1.8), three-point shooting (35%), and free throw shooting (81%). He was also named an All-Star for the first (definitely not the last) time, and was the Slam Dunk Contest Dunker of the Night. In terms of Player Efficiency, Wall is the best PG in the Eastern Conference (with a 20.6 EFF rating) and ranks fourth overall behind veterans Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and Russell Westbrook. Wall’s stock continues to rise as each season goes by and nobody should be surprised if his game makes another jump in 2014-2015 as he continues to wear the storied #trefoil.

Here’s @John_Wall about to pull up in his Crazyquick 2 PEs!

John Wall is primed to make another big jump in the next season!
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Without a doubt, Damian Lillard and John Wall are two of the brightest young stars in the NBA, and as their games continue to grow, so will their legacy as ambassadors of the game and the adidas brand. As they prove, game in and game out, that #quickaintfair, they also continue their emergence as new idols for passionate young hoop nuts everywhere.

Wall's signature adidas line is set to be launched later this year!
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Another angle of Lillard's jaw-dropping three over Chandler Parsons. Check out those Crazyquick 2s!!!
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