John Wall had a monster season last year, averaging a double-double, earning his second All-Star nod and leading the Eastern Conference in assists. Now he's entering his sixth season and hoping to contend for the MVP, he told BasketballInsiders.com.
If that's the goal, then the Wizards point guard made an explosive opening statement in Thursday night's win over the Orlando Magic.
Just take a gander at his final stat line: 22 points on 9 of 18 shooting (2 of 6 from 3-point range) with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 (!!!) blocks. Wall also committed a game-high 6 turnovers.
His previous single-game best for blocks was three. To give you an idea of how big all five of those plays were, watch the video above.
According to BasketballReference.com, no point guard has recorded five blocks in one game since Baron Davis in 2007. And no one 6-foot-4 or shorter has done it since Dwyane Wade in 2011.
Sure, Wall was facing a relatively weak opponent in Orlando and struggled with three-point shooting and turnovers, but that didn't stop the Twitterverse from handing out way-too-early MVP votes.
Also, in four months when everyone is wondering why Wall is getting MVP love, watch the last 90 seconds of that game.
— Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp) October 29, 2015
John Wall played like a damn MVP in the 4th Quarter. Nice win despite the refs trying to screw up the finish. #Wizards
— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) October 29, 2015
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinCSN) October 28, 2015
Wall took notice of the social media love, retweeting his own remarkable numbers.
John Wall first PG in 30 years w/at least 22 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts, 5 blks, 3 stls. #DarkhorseMVP
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) October 29, 2015
Now, does he have a real shot at the MVP?
Vegas odds suggest no. But Vegas also couldn't have predicted that Wall would lead the NBA in blocks per game after the season opener, so there's your grain of salt.
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