As expected, John Wall didn’t get much playing time as a reserve in his first NBA All-Star game.
With Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony all getting minutes at the guard spot, I honestly didn’t expect Wall to get a ton of time on the court. Regardless, Wall made the most of his opportunity, helping the ‘East’ go on an 18-3 run in the third quarter, eventually taking the lead later on in the game. Wall only played about 7 minutes in the first half, sitting the entire first quarter out, but he did manage to get a few sweet dunks to close out the half. It was refreshing to see a player actually try to play some defense, and I think that earned Wall some extra playing time in the fourth quarter.
Wall finished the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in just 15 minutes of action, scoring the most points by any Washington Wizard in an All-Star game since 2003, where Michael Jordan scored 20 (H/T @MrMichaelLee for the stat). He led the reserves in points, along with many other statistical categories. I’d call that a successful night.
For his first ever All-Star appearance, I think John Wall did a pretty good job in representing the Wizards. He got some time in the spotlight after winning the Slam Dunk Contest last night, but it was even cooler seeing him share the court with the likes of LeBron James, Paul George, and the rest of the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
I have no doubt that we’ll see Wall represent Washington in many All-Star games to come. The Wizards haven’t gotten this much exposure on the national stage in about half a decade, and I’m glad they have some wonderful players to represent the franchise for many years down the road.