The NBA recently announced the first-ballot returns for the All-Star Game, and John Wall was fourth among guards in the East. I guess it depends how some fans perceive All-Star voting. Is it a popularity contest or a reward for playing well the first part of the season? I always felt these types of games were meant to recognize those players who had performed at the highest levels.
While fan voting isn’t always indicative of who is playing the best basketball (Kobe Bryant is one of the league’s all-time greats, but he only recently returned to the court and leads all guards in voting), I encourage our fans to go here to submit their votes for John, Bradley Beal, Nene and Marcin Gortat.
John’s overall performance has been exceptional, particularly as we have been shorthanded due to various injuries to Bradley, Nene, Martell Webster and Al Harrington. Here’s a look at John’s numbers through the first 20 games of the season:
· Averaging career highs in points, assists and steals per game as well as free-throw and three-point percentage
· Second in the league in assists per game and fourth in steals per game
· Second in assists, third in steals, third in double-doubles, fifth in points and sixth in rebounds per game among point guards
· First in assists, rebounds and double-doubles per game and second in points and steals among points guards in the Eastern Conference.
I believe that if he keeps up his current pace he will be selected as an All-Star for the first time in his young career. Of course, the team will also have to continue to win for that to happen. We operate on the principle that collective success as a team will lead to individual accolades for our players.