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John Wall says Wizards need to win for him to become an All-Star

Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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John Wall received a max contract extension from the Wizards this summer that will see him earn $80 million over the next five years.

Now that he’s being paid like an All-Star, it’s time for him to go out and actually perform well enough to deserve the honor.

Wall was limited to just 49 games a season ago due to injury, but managed to put up better scoring numbers in less minutes than he had in either of his two previous seasons.

The talent and the potential are there, and that’s what the Wizards were paying for. But Wall believes that the team needs to show significant improvement before he’ll be in line to receive an accolade like an All-Star appearance that recognizes his individual contributions.

From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

On his chances at being an all-star next season: “I feel like if I’m winning games and I have my team in the playoffs and I’m doing okay, leading my team, I feel I have a great shot at that. But if you’re not winning. It’s very rare if your team’s not in the playoff race or one of the top teams. It happened last year for two guys [Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday], but it happened because other guys were injured. But those guys were deserving.”

Wall won’t have to worry about Holiday this season, as he’s now in the West playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Rajon Rondo was voted in as a starter last year, but he’s not expected back until December, making his return to the midseason exhibition unlikely, at best.

Derrick Rose is back, however, and is a virtual lock to take Rondo’s place in the starting lineup. Irving should make the squad again too, which leaves Wall competing with someone like Deron Williams for the final guard spot on the Eastern Conference roster.

Winning helps, certainly. But if Wall has a breakout season and the Wizards are simply improved, he’ll have as good a chance as anyone to earn himself that All-Star appearance.

  1. antistratfordian - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    If Wall can keep playing like he did over the last 20 games (averaged 24.3 / 8.3 / 5.0) he will make it regardless.

    • cmehustle - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Absolutely. Even though Im a Nets fan and selfishly dont want to see him take Derons spot, its time for Wall to step up and be the guy we all thought he would be by now.

  2. aaronp2098 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Nice back handed comment Wall. Fact is they both play your position and still made it over him. He was giving everything up until the NBA, and now he doesn’t understand he has to change his game. He had a good run at the end of the season but I don’t think that will transition into the upcoming season. Another waste of a max contract.

    • bigpat13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      They didn’t make it over him, he didn’t start playing until the first 38 games were already played, so therefore he wasn’t eligible. And you said he had a nice run at the end of the season, actually that was his whole season because of injury, so he had a nice season period. This was a max deal that needed to be made and was made.

  3. abchome - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    The Wizards say John Wall needs to play like an All-Star for them to win.

    • casualcommenter - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Yep – They go together.
      Wall plays like an All-Star, they’ll win enough games to make the playoffs in the East.
      If the Wizards are playing enough to make the playoffs, that’ll catch the attention of coaches, who will pick him as an All-Star reserve.

  4. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Wizards still are around? Who knew

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