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John Wall takes part in Wizards practice, is still fastest guy on court

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards smiles during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 21, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

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John Wall has been out all season following surgery to repair a torn Achilles (plus previous knee surgery), and it’s unlikely he will set foot on the court for the Wizards until next fall. That said, next month will be a full year from his Achilles surgery, we’re in the recovery window, so never say never.

Wall has returned to full-contact practice — and he’s still the fastest guy on the court, as this video by Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington shows.

Wall was making smart passes and hitting stepback jumpers as well.

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, this was 4-on-4 ball against mostly Wizards player development staff. It’s not exactly NBA competition. With the Wizards sitting as the 12 seed in the East, there’s not a lot of motivation to race him back on the court.

However, he is playing and having fun. Beyond that, the quickness seems to be there — that was the biggest question about his injury. A core part of Wall’s game is his explosiveness, and after the surgeries there were questions about if that would still be in his tool bag. This video suggests yes.

All of this is a good sign for the Wizards, even if Wall isn’t back until next season.