BY TYLER BYRUM
Last week the NBA announced the starters for the All-Star game and John Wall was not among the list. Picking up the two starting guard positions were Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan.
Making the Feb. 19 exhibition roster is always a great accolade for a player to add to their resume, in John Wall's first six seasons in the NBA he has been honored three times, being named a starter once. When the NBA coaches vote on the reserves this upcoming week, it is likely that Wall, who leads the East guards in double-doubles (25), will be selected.
In two of his All-Star selections, it came from the coaches vote for reserves. The other guards who he will be measured up against include, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, and Dwayne Wade.
But say Wall does not make the game in New Orleans, it actually would not be a bad thing for the Wizards.
While the 26-year-old will be disappointed in what would be a snub, he has been a workhorse for the Wizards this season. He leads the team in minutes per game with 36.3 and is tied for seventh in the NBA; it is right on pace with his career average (36.0). When Wall is in the game he plays at an extremely high level, he is the only guard in the Eastern Conference that averages a double-double (23.1 ppg, 10.3 apg).
Remember Wall is coming off of two knee procedures this past off-season and during a stretch earlier in the season he was missing back-to-backs.
In the two games the guard was not in the lineup, Washington was 0-2 with a loss to the Magic and a 106-95 loss to the Bulls. Given it is a small sample size in games that happened at the beginning of the season, prior to this season Wall had only missed eight games in the past three seasons. If Wall were to not partake in the All-Star game, that would give him a week off from the brutal NBA schedule.
Following the break, the Wizards and Wall will face an important stretch of games as the entire association begins to make a playoff push. Washington will face the surging Philadelphia 76ers, the surprisingly good Utah Jazz, the Golden State Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors twice.
During that stretch, the team will need all of Wall they can get. And normally an angry John Wall is a good John Wall.