John Wall celebrated his 22nd birthday today. Assuming that his 22nd birthday was similar to mine, he probably spent all day dreaming of being 20 or 21 again. In honor of that, I think it’s appropriate to take a look at some of the highlights of John Wall’s young NBA career. Don’t worry John, it’s not so bad getting old. When your knees start to give out on the court, take a page from my book and rely more on using those elbows.
John Wall swatting shots
John Wall has shown that at 6’4″ he can still protect the rim. Wall had the second most blocks amongst NBA guards last year, trailing Dwyane Wade.
First career triple-double
It didn’t take long for John Wall to show the league that he could fill up the stat sheet. He flirted with a triple-double in his first game at the Verizon Center, then came back three games later and put up 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and added 6 steals for good measure. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting on that second career triple-double.
Throwing it down
Not that anyone has ever doubted John Wall’s athleticism, but some of the plays he has been able to make above the rim have surprised more than a few. Just ask Baron Davis. Who cares if he was 50 years old and tipping the scales at 300 pounds?
And whatever you do, don’t bother trying to chase him down from behind when he is going coast-to-coast. I’m looking at you Tyrus Thomas.
Proving that he deserved to be the number one pick
It was never a debate for me. I wanted John Wall in Washington the second the Wizards won the first pick, but there were a few out there who thought maybe Evan Turner should have been taken first. John Wall quickly put that debate to rest. Maybe now that Iguodala has left Philly, Turner will find a way to prove his worth. Whether that happens or not, we’ll always have this…
The home debut
This one takes the cake because it was my first time seeing Wall play in person. The way he got from one end of the court to the other while leaving everyone else in his wake was insane. He even hit a jumpshot with a minute left in overtime. This was our first real glimpse at what Wall could do in a big game and he didn’t disappoint.
Remember these moments John Wall. Life is all downhill from here. We look forward to many more great memories of you in a Wizards uniform and hope that you have many more happy birthdays.
Bonus birthday gag
Hopefully, as you continue to get old and start to forget things, this will be one of those forgotten moments.