We’re just weeks away from NBA All-Star weekend and it looks like we’ll have a Washington Wizard in three major events. John Wall was recently named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, and has received invitations to both the Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge. If everything goes according to plan, Wall will likely be participating in all three events, including the dunk contest.
According to several other reports, Wall will be joined by Paul George, Damian Lillard, Terrence Ross, and Ben McLemore. Even though Wall is probably the most athletic point guard in the league, with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook both being sidelined with injuries, he’ll certainly have some stiff competition.
Paul George and Terrence Ross are probably the two best in-game dunkers in the group, while Lillard and McLemore are known for their skills outside of dunking the ball. I thought it was an interesting move to have Lillard participate in the contest, given that he hasn’t really stood out with that ability. Wall has had some awesome dunks so far this season, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to compete on the level of Paul George or Terrence Ross, the reigning champion. If Wall wants to separate himself from the group, he’ll probably have to get creative, because I don’t see how he challenges George or Ross with his dunking ability alone.
Wall got invited to the contest about a week ago, but was iffy about accepting it since he was dealing with some soreness in his heel. It looks like he’ll be accepting the invitation, so I’m assuming whatever soreness he had has subsided.
If Wall does accept the invite, and all signs are pointing to that he will, Washington could potentially have a representative in five All-Star events, with Wall in the All-Star game, dunk contest, skills challenge, and Bradley Beal in the rising stars challenge, and the three point shootout. The All-Star game has helped players grow their popularity in the past, and I’m sure Wall is looking forward to getting some national recognition.