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The science of John Wall

There are quite a few Wizards fans who have spent the past weeks thrilling themselves with videos and photos featuring the amazing basketball feats of John Wall. At least one blogger has started referring to this genre as "John Wall Porn."

Well, that's what these videos feel like. They come from ESPN's "Sport Science," which was trying to establish an empirical explanation of what makes Wall so good. Host John Brenkus and his research types analyzed Wall's speed and vision with some tests, and then presented the results in luscious, adoring and explicit slow-motion. Above is the speed segment, and below is the vision segment. Among the highlights:

* In two steps Wall can accelerate to almost 50 percent of his top speed.

* The speed test measured Wall cutting around a cone to the basket. Adding a basketball to the drill slowed him down by just 0.05 seconds.

* Wall runs faster while dribbling a basketball than Kevin Durant runs without a ball.

* In a straight sprint with no ball, Wall is faster than Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

* As it did at the combine, Wall's vertical tested at 39 inches.

* The vision thing? Well, it involved passing a ball through one of three targets located at an 85 degree angle, which Brenkus said afforded just 2.5 percent of one's vision. To see how Wall did, you really ought to just click on this clip. It will make Wizards fans sort of happy.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 11:17 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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That's amazing.

Posted by: hithere1 | June 22, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

No look behind the back passes with spot on accuracy and 2.5% of your vision are great... if you have someone to pass the ball to.

Posted by: StabbeDabbe | June 22, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

That is the most highly technological porn I have ever seen.

Posted by: DangerNat | June 22, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I need a cigarette.

Posted by: JamWhitt | June 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

That's nuts, can't wait to watch this guy in the fall.

Keep Gil away from him. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Impressive but I hate SportsScience, which just picks and chooses the data that makes whoever they're testing seem more impressive.
They once made up a stat called "cumulative Gs" to describe the G force that NASCAR drivers experience during a race.

Awesome player, terrible show.

Posted by: 202character | June 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Zards, 2011 eastern conference champs... has a nice ring to it, eh?

Posted by: pgugino | June 22, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

and now YOU know why kentucky fans love him so much........get ready for the ride.

Posted by: comhendbear | June 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Fun stuff ... host is kinda creepy.

Posted by: reddog278 | June 22, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

All these amazing #1 picks DC sports teams has had/having recently. It's a special time for DC - let's just hope all this athleticism translates to some titles! We're in a 20 year drought peopl... currently the longest strectch of time any major city has gone without winning a title. Strasburg, Harper, Wall, Ovechkin... serious talent and serious dreams!

Posted by: bsdman | June 22, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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