The first, second and third NBA All-Star ballots have been collected and counted. It comes as no surprise that LeBron James of the Miami Heat receives more votes than other player in the Eastern Conference.
For the Eastern Conference backcourt, Wall is currently in fourth with 278,516 votes. Currently voted in front of him, is injured Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls with 323,099 votes, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers with 652,522 votes and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat with 718,109 votes.
Right now, it looks like there are very slim chances that Wall will be a starter in the 2014 All-Star game, but he will make the team. He will be coming off the bench as a reserve, and that alone is a big deal for himself and the Washington Wizards.
Wall will be the first player for Washington to be named an All-Star since the 2007-08 season. The last two Wizards to be named to the All-Star team were Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.
Why is it such a big deal that Wall makes the All-Star team? Well, the 2007-08 season was the last time Washington finished with a record over .500. They were 43-39. The 2007-08 season was also the last time that the Wizards made the playoffs. To put it simply, that year was the last season for Washington that wasn’t a complete failure. Since then, the Wizards have been in the rebuilding phase.
The Wizards drafted Wall, out of Kentucky University, with the first overall pick of the 2010 draft. He is considered to be the foundation of the franchise and the foundation piece of Washington’s rebuilding phase. By making the All-Star team, it proves that the Wizards made the right move in drafting him. It also proves that Washington is headed in the right direction.The Wizards have been rebuilding through the draft, which takes time and takes even more time to see results. This is a real result that Washington is moving in the right direction.
In his fourth season, Wall is currently averaging 20.2 points, 8.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Before the season started, the Wizards gave Wall a contract extension worth $80 million over five years. A big question going into this season was if he can live up to a max contract. With the season almost half way over, it appears that he did deserve the max extension; Washington is hoping to be able to get a home playoff advantage, the team about to get over .500 for the first time since 2009 and Wall is going to represent Washington on the All-Star team.
In Washington, this is the season where the Wizards take the next step. The future is now and John Wall making the 2014 All-Star team proves that.