Wizards’ Wall named NBA Eastern Conference All-Star
On Thursday, John Wall was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference roster for the 63rd NBA All-Star Game. On 16 February in New Orleans, Wall will take the floor alongside other league luminaries in the Association’s mid-season talent showcase.
Wall is among the league leaders in some of the usual point guard-related categories (2nd in total assists, 3rd in total steals, 17th in total points, 10th in minutes played per game). His main strength, end-to-end speed, should be on display in the All-Star game format. A national audience will see what Wizards’ fans have seen all season. Wall’s gifts will fit right in, since the All-Star game is known for high-octane offense, especially before the fourth quarter.
What All-Star recognition means for Wall:
- Validation for his talent and worth to his team. He’s starting to be seen as more than a player who will get his points. Going forward, he’s becoming “the face of the franchise”.
- An increased profile means opponents (especially other point guards) will come after Wall even harder the rest of the season. Unheralded guards can gain attention by playing well against an All-Star.
- He’s already well-compensated through the 2018-19 season – maybe there’s more goodwill/less resentment towards his salary if he becomes a perennial All-Star.
- Pressure and expectations going forward will be ratcheted higher. The next logical step is the Wizards becoming a consistent winner, playoff participant, etc. Wall will be expected to lead the team’s continued improvement.
What All-Star recognition means for the Wizards’ organization:
- The team is slowly gaining respect in the Eastern Conference, and around the Association.
- The front office gains credit for drafting Wall, the lottery selection who actually succeeded.
- The fans may assess the team as more competitive – will it translate into more ticket sales, increased merchandise sales, etc.?
Wall is proving himself one of the better players in the Eastern Conference. Continued growth could mean Wall becomes not only one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, but he leads the team and organization to a higher, more successful profile.
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