Earlier this season John Wall passed Wes Unseld to become the Wizards' franchise leader in assists. On Wednesday night against the Hornets, Wall did the same for steals.
In the third quarter, Hornets guard Marco Belinelli got the ball in the corner and was trapped by Wall. when Belinelli drove baseline, Wall poked the ball out of his hands from behind. That set up a bucket for Otto Porter on the other end.
It was Wall's 763rd career steal, which gave him one more than former Bullets star Greg Ballard. Wall added another one in the game and had seven on the night.
Wall, in fact, has the sixth-most steals since he entered the NBA in 2010. The five ahead of him are Chris Paul, Monta Ellis, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap.
"It's great. It's a great honor. I couldn't do that without my teammates, the fans and my coaching staff," Wall said.
Wall's seven steals helped the Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-106.
"Kemba [Walker] is one of the toughest matchups in this league," head coach Scott Brooks said. "But I thought John was really good defensively. He stayed in plays. He's getting in better condition. He didn't play a lot of basketball this summer and he's getting into a nice rhythm."
Seven steals is a lot, but Wall felt he could have had more.
"If I had known that, I would have tried for 10. I had nine my rookie year," he said.
Wall's 764 steals are also a lot. But teammate Kelly Oubre, Jr. sees that number to strive for.
"That guy is incredible, but I'm coming for that," Oubre said with confidence. "He's a hard worker. I'm happy for him, every accomplishment that he reaches in this building is well-earned, well-deserved because he is John Wall. He is the point guard of D.C. I love him as a teammate and a brother, but I'm coming for that."
Oubre had two steals himself on Wednesday night and now has 39 total in his career. He's got a long way to go, especially if Wall continues playing in D.C. beyond his current contract which runs up following the 2018-19 season. Wall, in fact, sort of hinted of his plans when told about Oubre's proclamation.
"I've got a lot more years here," Wall said.
Watch the play that gave Wall the record right here: