Seemingly every offseason of John Wall's NBA career involves some discussion about whether the point guard is overlooked around the league.
This year will be no different.
The NBA announced results of voting for its first, second and third all-league teams on Thursday. The Washington Wizards' All-Star did not make the cut.
From the 129 ballots cast -- before the playoffs started and with general positions in mind -- Wall received votes totaling 50 points, which ranked seventh among guards. NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry (Golden State) and James Harden (Houston) were named to the first team; Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) on the second team with Klay Thompson (Golden State) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) on the third team.
By any measure, Wall deserved a spot. He averaged 17.6 points and finished second in the league behind Paul with 10.0 assists during the regular season. His drive-and-kick style combined with blinding speed on the dribble fueled Washington's attack. Work on the other end of the court led to second-team All-Defensive honors. And yet...
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) May 21, 2015
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) May 21, 2015
@JohnWall got hosed! How does he not make an all nba team? You guys still sleeping on him!!
— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) May 21, 2015
Harden finished second in MVP voting behind Curry, ahead of Westbrook (fourth) and Paul (sixth). Though technically listed as a point guard, Irving truly stopped masquerading as one this season, his first played with LeBron James. Irving averaged 21.7 points, tied for ninth during the regular season with Thompson, who joined fellow "Splash Brother" Curry as the offensive forces for a Golden State team that finished with the best record in the NBA.
Wall is the straw that stirs the Wizards' drink, period. Considering his two-way talent, he deserved a spot at least on that third team.
Differences of opinions happen in sports. Debates are part of the fun even they make the most rationale of voices lose their mind at times. One of those guards wasn't going to be on the outside looking in. The curious aspect to some is why repeatedly it's Wall.
In 2013, an ESPN list of the top 25 NBA players under the age of 25 didn't include Wall. It did include Ed Davis.
Before last season, a Sports Illustrated ranking slotted Wall 31st among all NBA players. He noticed, tweeting out at the time, "More motivation, Love it."
This came shortly after Wall was cut by Team USA in August ahead of the World Cup. "I guess I’m overlooked again," Wall told CSNwashington.com. "I guess have to prove myself one more time."
Then he went out and started in the All-Star game, led the Wizards to their most regular season wins since the 1978-79 and topped all players in assists per game during the playoffs.
During team exit interviews on Monday, Wall was asked whether after this dynamic season if we've reached a point where even he couldn't use the overlooked angle anymore.
"It's always the same. I'm just waiting to see the list," he stated. "That's all I can say: I'll wait and see the list."
On Thursday, Wall saw another list.
More Motivation...Keep Sleeping !!
— John Wall (@JohnWall) May 21, 2015
Here we go again.
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