John Wall, Bradley Beal Start New Era of Washington Wizards Basketball During All-Star Weekend

By Jack Bolesta
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The Washington Wizards have been led by their backcourt stars John Wall and Bradley Beal throughout the 2013-14 season.

This year, Wall received his first NBA All-Star appearance. The selection was a big stepping stone in his career and a big turning point for the franchise in Washington.  Also, during this year’s All-Star weekend, Wall and Beal competed in different events. Beal competed in the Footlocker Three-Point Shootout and Wall competed in the the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Beal finished second in the three-point shoot out, as he lost in tie-breaker to Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs. Though Beal lost, it sent a message to other NBA players and fans — teams must take note of the shooting capabilities in Washington. Losing in a tiebreaker is tough, but his performance was very strong and also gives more life to the Ray Allen and Bradley Beal comparisons.

Wall was able to take home the crown in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Though the contest is not as entertaining as it was years ago with Vince Carter, Wall put on an entertaining show. He also brought to light his dunk abilities and made his abilities known to the rest of the league. The dunk contest may have been anticlimactic, but Wall was able to put on a show. Wall winning the 2014 contest  makes the Wizards become an even more entertaining team.  Tonight, Wall will also be competing in the 2014 All-Star game, where I am sure he put on a great performance and represent Washington well.

This All-Star weekend has been very good for the Wizards. Beal and Wall have officially ended the old era of Washington basketball. Both of their performance will be drawing attention from other players, who might like to team up with the talented duo. Critics have second guessed the Wizards with their struggles not staying over .500, but Washington basketball is going in a completely new direction and the whole NBA should be aware of it now.

Jack Bolesta is a Washington Wizards writer for Follow him on Twitter @JackBolesta, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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