December 15, 2019

Washington Wizards: John Wall named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

When Abe Pollin, former Washington Wizards owner, past away on November 24th, 2009, the franchise wanted his wife to represent the team at the lottery selections to determine the 2010 draft order. The Washington Wizards finished with only the fifth worst record during the 2009-10 season but capitalized on their 10.3 percent chance of receiving the first overall pick in the draft. Now in his sixth season in the NBA Kentucky product John Wall is proving the worth of his selection. Starting 2016 involved a recognition of Wall’s video game type performance during December 2015.

One might argue that Paul George or even DeMarcus Cousins have become more dominant players than Wall, but the Raleigh, North Carolina native has turned into the super hero that the DMV deserves. In 16 games Wall single handedly willed the Washington Wizards to an 8-8 record. The .500 mark may not seem anywhere close to impressive but when you take into account that Wall and head coach Randy Wittman have been without half of their roster for multiple games at a time. The injuries and personal reasons piled up to the team suffering 73 games lost.

Statistically Wall averaged 22.6 points, 11.7 assists, 4.8 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. Those numbers have not been put up by a player since Chris Paul in April 2009.

Wall set the franchise record for most assists in a month with 187 and became the first player in the history of the NBA to record 10 games of 20+ points and 10+ assists in a single month. Wall was all the first player in franchise history to have three straight games with 26+ points, 12+ assists, and five rebounds (December 9th through 12th).

In terms of individual achievements, Wall scored a season-high 35 points in an impressive road victory against the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers as well as dishing out a career-high 19 assists in a victory over the Sacramento Kings.

John Wall came into the league during the turmoil of the Gilbert Arenas era which was spiraling to an end. Coincidentally, Agent Zero is the most recent member of the Washington Wizards to receive this honor exactly nine years ago in December of 2006.

Take it for what you want, but the Western Conference award was shared between the Oklahoma City Thunder’s point guard Russell Westbrook and his teammate and more notable DC native Kevin Durant.

It is easy to see John Wall the player, but the reason he is truly a great person is because of his work away from basketball. In October Wall received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his support and dedication to youth. I am proud to know the man that plays with a heart that is just as big off the court as on.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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  1. […] this season, it is no suprise that they would be reeling. With John Wall cooling off from his Eastern Conference Player of the Month performance in December, Washington has dropped their previous two games to Miami and […]

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