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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 11:10 am  |  76 responses

John Wall Says It’s ‘Time to Be an All-Star’


You can continue to laugh, but John Wall still believes his Wizards can make the Playoffs next season. Not only that, Wall plans to make the All-Star team as well. From Hoopshype (via DC Sportsbog): “I’m very confident,’ Wall said. ‘I mean, the organization, the general manager, the owner and the coaching staff are doing a great job. Now it’s just up to us the players to go out there and execute what they’re giving us and play our best.’ The man with the mic then asked Wall if it was time for him to make the playoffs. ‘Yeah, it’s time for me to be in the playoffs, it’s time to be an All-Star,’ Wall said. ‘It’s all those type of things that I’ve been wanting and wanting [for] this organization, to help the Wizards get better. So it’s all up to me to lead my team and us to get better.’”

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  • LA Huey

    I can only assume he made friends with a bunch of goons willing to go Tonya Harding on about 8 guards in the East

  • Sheed

    He could be one of the best point guards in the East next season so I could see this happen. He has the potential to perform better than Dwill and Kyrie

  • nocioniisgod

    I bet the Wizards have a better chance of making the playoffs then him becoming an allstar…they have a pretty solid starting 5 if they all commit to D

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    dwill. kyrie. rondo. lowry? am i forgetting anyone? jrue? he could make it if the wizards have a decent record and he improves from last season

  • Tempest

    Haha you wish John. Unless Bradley Beal plays like a ’96 MJ you won’t make the playoffs. How about you set small goals, Like getting an assist turnover ratio of more than 2:1 and shooting over 8% (YES 8%) from three point range

  • LA Huey

    Wade, Rondo, JJ, DWill, Kyrie. One of them would have to slip significantly for him to get in. AND Rose could still get in via the sentimental fan vote. His best shot is his Wizards significantly improving their record and the coaches get him in that way.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Does John Wall have 1 billion Chinese stuffing the ballot box for him too?

  • jayrose

    I’m sure hell have a good season but like everybody says rondo and dwill are the top guards in the east with kyrie behind them and when rose returns to his form his chances gonna get lower.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    cosign LA huey. personally I think John Wall can outperform Kyrie but whatever.

  • Brett

    Could he make the all star team? Yes
    Will he most likely make it in? No
    Could the Wiz make the playoffs next year? Yes
    Will they most likely make it in? Possibly

    All of it depends on the cohesiveness of the unit. This team seems very much the opposite of a “big three” style. We have a plethora of slightly above average guys to mix with some average guys and way above average guys. Wall, Beal, Ariza are going to be depended on to make this offense click big time. The big guys on the blocks are ones that have to be given opportunities as they most likely wont be able to create them regularly. I believe the bench’s responsibility is going to be more of a lock down defense role and slightly outscore the other team until the real scorers get back on the floor. Its going to be awesome to see Wall running this fast paced offense with Beal to dish out to. I could realistically see him averaging a double double this season, but the talent out there is too great for him to be an all star. Rondo averages close to a triple double every season, Kyrie will probably be a top 5 or 10 player within the next 3 seasons, and DWill plays amazing but could drop off this year if he’s unhappy. Add Chalmers strides he took forward during the end of the season and playoffs and Wall could be looking at being the #4 or #5 PG in the east. He just needs to play well enough to get in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    Can he hit a jumpshot yet? But I suppose that’s a moot point seeing as Rondo’s no Ray Allen either.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    John Wall does this every year, publicly announces a crazy goal and it doesn’t happen & you lose respect for the guy. He needs to quit the limelight and play.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Joe Johnson is still there too. He’s not popular enough for the fan vote and the unless he puts up crazy stats, the Wizards record won’t be good enough for the coaches to get him in.

  • Antonio

    SMDH , some of y’all just down right haters . It’s always the ones who dreams failed to get them in the nba

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Cosign Redd. Wall still living off of the hype he generated in HS and at Kentucky. Put up or shut up.

  • LA Huey

    Wizards have all the right pieces to make a playoff run but they also have a below average coach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i wrote that assuming rose wont be back until january

  • Tempest

    @LLC compared to Wall Rondo looks like Ray Allen, and it’s not a moot point. John needs to be a better shooter than rondo because he’s passing is no where near rondos level

  • c.a.

    As a mature adult not afraid to swallow his pride, after being on here two summers ago scoffing at Derrick Rose ‘I can be MVP’, I am going to keep my trap shut.

  • Sizzle

    J-Wall has the potential to be nice, maybe not D-WILL, RONDO, OR ROSE nice, but a good player none the less. As funny as this sounds, he has to slow down. Right now he relies 100% on his athleticism. That doesn’t fly in the L. His game needs to be more cerebral and I definitely agree that he needs to find some semblance of a jumpshot. He doesn’t have much around him, so I am not expecting an ASG appearance for him….

  • LA Huey

    Rondo’s passing is on the level befitting of a Point God.

  • dsleepy

    go wiz

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    A while back, I asked y’all who you’d take if you had a choice between Wall and Irving, and a great majortiy said Wall. Seems like he’s losing some of his luster these days. At this point, who would you take? I need to decide for my upcoming draft for NBA Live 12! Actually, out of the last 3 years combined including this years draft (because they didn’t make the game), who would be your top 3 picks?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    A player like Beal will work wonders for Wall’s game.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Wow brett did I just read that right you’re putting chalmers ahead of john wall?

  • LA Huey

    There’s no such thing as NBA Live 12. Unless that was a clever reference to your fantasy league.

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    Live 13…my bad

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I believe in him, if he’s as committed as he says he is.

  • LA Huey

    LOL, it’s all good. I figured as much. I was thinking of doing the same in 2K13 with Brooklyn after creating the version of myself whose basketball career wasn’t derailed by a crippling lack of work ethic and raw talent.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    kid is nice & has potential ,if he put work in and the team has winning record he has a great shot. Hince remember last year when the young buck was making a strong case 4 allstar but milwaukee flame out @ the end. Plus its guard heavy in the west.

  • Basketball iQ

    Ppl sleep on wall .. Don’t forget he’s over there by himself with jordan crawford. Bringing in nene & ariza & okafor is nice . You have to expect everything will grow from here out. I don’t remember the questions wall vs kyrie but he’s not terrible in the least to outright pick kyrie over him.

  • Basketball iQ

    & nba live will trash 2k this year. I said it write it down.

  • Ryo

    Wall has the potential to be amongst the elite point guards. The question is, how bad does he want it and will he work hard enough to reach these goals of his?

  • Respect

    Wats up with the kyrie love does anyone watch the games hes not that great of a passer which is y he avg. Like 5.5 asst. To john walls 8

  • ALD

    wall is good but this is not the dleague.

  • http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/grant-hill-says-detroit-orlando-mismanaged-injuries-042711 nbk

    Kyrie was better than John Wall last season. By a good margin. Wall probably has more potential, but Kyrie is the better player. Offensively at least. Defensively he’s not.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign nbk. And Kyrie wasn’t crippled by knucklehead teammates and took full advantage of it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kyrie is a better player now and will be in the future. John Wall is an And 1 player. To me John Wall is a shooting guard and I hope he gets his team involved enough in games for them to win.

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    Man, I just typed a long-ass message and it didn’t show up at all? Damn! Anyway, I was more impressed with Kyrie’s game last year, but I didn’t get to watch either of them a whole lot. It seemed as if Kyrie plays with a lot more control and is actually running the offense. Wall is obviously blessed with amazing athletic ability, but didn’t seem to run the offense as efficiently. Also, if you were picking from the last 3 drafts combined, I don’t know where to put Anthony Davis. Do you take size and potential over proven ability?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    He also had a coach in Byron Scott who has been around a few great PG’s in his career in the NBA.

  • Ldub

    Its going to be tough when you have Irving, Rondo, Williams, Rose as top pgs in the east. But if his numbers are right, i believe he can do.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    To say that Wall is a SG has to be the dumbest sh*t I’ve heard in a long time. The man avg. 8+ apg in back-to-back seasons while being surrounded by what is arguably the worst supporting cast/coaching staff in the L.

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    Not that I think the Wizards were anything close to being a good squad last year, but I’m not so sure if Irving’s supporting cast was all that much better. Maybe in terms of bball IQ, but not talent.

  • Sérgio

    @ Brett: Chalmers competing for an All Star Spot? f@ck man, what have you been smoking?

  • B.C.

    They could make the playoffs but him being an all-star is unlikely with DRose, Rondo, and Deron Williams playing poin-guard, only way he’ll be able to is if they get injured.

  • Fletch213

    John Wall says “it’s time I get a reliable jumpshot”

  • Raseven

    the fact he averaged 8 assists a game two years in a row with that cast defininitely shows the potential he has

  • Omar

    Don’t let athleticism and potential cloud your judgment. Kyrie Irving is a better player than John Wall right now.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if John Wall develops his jumper shot, he leapfrogs the Kyrie Irving conversation and jumps into the Russell Westbrook one.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    jumper,*

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If he develops a jumpshot and learns to play under control he jumps into the Deron, Rondo Paul discussion.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Too bad he’ll be playing in Pro-Ams instead.

  • Dee

    Nene, Okafor and Ariza will make life easier for Wall…the rookie Beal should benefit as well. His assist numbers will increase and he can put the ball in the hoop. He has enough talent around him to challenge for that 8th spot in the east. He should also be able to get that 3rd spot in the allstar game. With D Rose working himself back, it’ll probably come down to Wall and Irving. It wouldn’t be a cake walk but it could happen.

  • JL

    Give him a couple more years. It takes PGs a while to get used to the NBA game. But this could be his year, despite him taking a pretty big step back last year.

  • LA Huey

    “…I’m not so sure if Irving’s supporting cast was all that much better. Maybe in terms of bball IQ, but not talent.” Homie, that makes a HUGE difference. And that doesn’t even take professionalism into account. Professionalism and a high hoops IQ is the difference between Shane Battier and DeShawn Stevenson.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Co-Sign LA Huey
    Although Deshawn was a champion before Shane.

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    @Tempest, haha, I suppose you’re right, John better be working hard this summer then! Rondo’s passing/vision is absolutely top tier, only guys on that level are Nash and perhaps Rubio and Kidd (if he’s sober).

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The day Wall develops a consistent jumpshot and learns how to pace himself, is the day he becomes the best PG in the League.

  • Sérgio

    Jtaylor, even if he develops those thing, he will never be in Rondo’s, Paul’s, Deron’s and Rose’s level.
    But, according to Brett, may Chalmers can eventually become the best PG in the league…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Wall will never be a great point guard in the NBA. All flash, no skill and no work ethic. Just because you get 8 passes to people in scoring position to score when your team sucks every-night because of you and lose every game by 20pts speaks a lot of his potential-LOL, states nothing to me. In two years, everyone will change their story. The NBA is not AND-1, Basketball. Yall are probably the same people, who kept stating Wall is going to Kill in the NBA, based off his summer videos-right.

  • Randy

    I do not believe what im hearing. EVERYONE DOG”S this kid just like they do WESTBROOK. and from what i know Russell is on National Team. most athelethic PG’s WALL>WESTBROOK>ROSE. Point blank . he avergae 8 assists with a bunch of selfish teammates. BEAL ARIZA NENE OKAFOR will make him ELIte. leave the guy along he only average 16 and 8 in a lockout season in which 2/5 starters were rookies, and the other 3 ? 2nd year players. so lets be Honest here Kentucky was the topic on if the WIZ cpuld even beat them. the team is way better and Wall will be way better becuase of that

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Seed, do you watch Wizards games? Wall is young, very young, and has not been given much of an opportunity to break out thus far. He could easily go out and get 17-10 this year. That’s not out of the question.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^I have watched Wizards games, he is the point guard so he is the quarterback of how the team flows= with that opportunity, he will never average 10 assists, he wants to score. Kyrie will be way better in the end.

  • Jerome

    Were they counting air balls as passes. Only way I see CHUCK Wall getting 8 assists per.

  • http://hoopopera.blogspot.com 3ptlegend

    Wall has the talent, the Wizards have gotten better with the trade fro Okafor and Ariza. They have a very impressive frontcourt with Nene and Okafor. As for Wall he can be an all-star but the turnovers must decrease. Two he has to take better shots and improve his jumper. With Rose out, and Lin out west he has a chance.

  • phil da windmill

    well he was da man at kentucky ….(blank stare)

  • ReHeat

    SLAM was the biggest culprit of hying the s*** out of John Wall.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Kyrie Irving is not better than John Wall. at all. Kyrie is a better scorer, and he plays more under control yes. but he’s not actually better at anything besides actual shooting(like steph curry, he might be able to hit 50-40-90 soon)/scoring. Wall is taller, faster,stronger, a better defender, a better rebounder, a better floor general(while having a worst roster/coaching staff, probably the worst in the L), better at penetrating, and a better ball thief. I’m a fan of both’s games but overall I gotta go with the homie John Wall.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    also kyrie irving’s from duke so I only trust him not to suck for so long…. seriously how many good duke players are there in the L right now? grant hill was a HOF’er until his body decided it hated him Carlos Boozer sucks now more than ever, JJ Reddick is a shell of his college self (and Jimmer’s ceiling) and Luol Deng is a good versatile forward who despite being in the nba can’t dribble between his legs. seriously.

  • Ball.A.BabY

    wall is a a few more roster moves away to going where he want’s to go… as long as the wizards are more consistent with trading or drafting players to not only improve from last years horrible effort but to significantly improve the stability of the franchise, ever since Agent zero got caught with some weapons , the wizards hasn’t been able to recover since…. glad they got rid of rashad and ariza was a good pick to go along with okafor…. but wall only has beal to really consider as a decent option to pass to IF HE CONSISTENTLY WORKS ON HIS POTENTIAL… but i am liking there front court depth….

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    also guys? D.rose won’t be an all-star again for a while HIS LEGS DON’T WORK (not that it’s not possible) between Wade, Rondo, JJ, and DWill, who are all already basically in for life, and Kyrie, Kyle Lowry, and Brandon Jennings who are looking more and more all-star worthy, it’ll be difficult but not impossible especially if somebody(read probably wade) slips significantly during the season. Granted D.wade is sitting out the olympics and working with a shooting coach and I don’t want it to happen but it’s certainly possible.

  • YOYO

    Y’all forgeting about Brandon Jennings, the guy will explode next year, I predict 21 and 9 out of the guy

  • Akbar

    Redd, no one is more commited to the game than Wall, he sets these goals for himself because he has high expectations, stop trying to paint him as some arrogant and selfish player, when he is clearly trying to try to be the best player he can be, the great players all had this kind of attitude, and you act like that he has been in the league for 10 years, its only his 3rd year, tons of room for improvement, I honestly think he will be better than Kyrie in the near future..

  • Akbar

    Please Seed, Wall almost never wants to score, his first option is always to pass, one of his problems is that he gets way too passive at times. If he had more of a scoring mentality with his talents, I actually think the Wizards would have been better.

  • Akbar

    Seed, Wall is anything but a shooting guard, his biggest strength is passing the ball, its his decision making which is suspect, but that is mainly because he outruns himself, to say he has no work ethic proves you haven’t followed the team at all, the kid is the first one and last one in and out of the gym and all of the coaches have raved about his work ethic, the reason he was the same in his sophomore year was because of the dysfunction of the team, he had nothing to work with and the team didn’t help him. If you followed him in the second half of the season, you see his drastic improvement in both his decision making and his efficiency.

  • Harr Green

    Seed If Actually Watched Wizards Games You Would Know Will Is Pass First Its Jut Until Now He Had To Pass To Jordan Crawford And Andray blatche.John Wall Is Already The Best Young Point Guard In The League Excluding Rose, He Will be Deadly when He Gets That Jumpshot Down He Will Be Lethal

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