Washington Wizards’ John Wall earns first career All-NBA selection

Washington Wizards four-time All-Star point guard John Wall was recognized by the NBA for his mesmerizing play in the 2016-2017 season.

Washington Wizards‘ All-Star John Wall was named to the All-NBA Third Team, the NBA announced on Thursday for his remarkable 2016-2017 season.

By looking at his season statistics, Wall unquestionably produced his best numbers this past season. Wall averaged regular season career highs of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists (second in NBA), 2.0 steals (second), 8.3 field goals, 18.4 field goal attempts, shooting 45 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Also, Wall recorded another career-best with 50 double-doubles, joining the elite company of James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only guards with 50 double-doubles or more.

The 6-foot-4 point guard set a career-high of 52 points on Dec. 6 against the Orlando Magic, along with with a 41-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 29. Wall’s exhaustive list of career achievements this season also comprises of 12 games with at least 30 points or more.

Furthermore, Wall guided the Washington Wizards to their third playoff appearance in the past four seasons. The first pick of the 2010 NBA draft accelerated his postseason play this year, smashing his previous playoff career-high of 17.4 points per game to 27.2 points including his first game-winning shot under 10 seconds of his career.

Others to join Wall on the All-NBA Third Team include Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan and Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.

The process of building the All-NBA Teams are based on votes from 100 selected sportswriters and broadcasters in which they cast their vote for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams. Each voter picked one center, two forwards and two guards for each All-NBA team where points were distributed on a 5-3-1 framework.

Wall garnered 125 total points from the panel incorporating 68 All-NBA Third Team votes and 19 All-NBA Second Team votes. However, Wall didn’t earn a single vote for All-NBA First Team.

Now with three years of playoff experience under his belt, Wall’s next step in his career is to not only appear in the Eastern Conference Finals but also to win an NBA championship.