The past few seasons have not been ideal for Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. He has not played a full season since the 2016-17 season.
Injuries have forced Wall to miss significant time and forced him to miss the entire 2019-20. In a recent video, Wall looks like he’s ready to get back on the court.
There was a lot of hype surrounding John Wall when he came into the league
Wall only needed one year at the University of Kentucky to prove himself. The guard averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game during the 2009-10 season. He was known for his speed and ability to blow past defenders. As a freshman at Kentucky, he was named a consensus first-team All-American and was named the SEC Player of the Year. Wall was also awarded the Adolph Rupp Trophy, which was given to the top player in NCAA Division I basketball until 2015.
After one season of college basketball, Wall declared for the NBA draft. He was projected to be the top pick in the 2010 draft. The Washington Wizards selected him with the first overall pick, and that’s when the Wall era started. During the 2010-11 season, Wall became the starting point guard for the Wizards. He averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team. In 2014 he was selected to his first All-Star team and would play in the All-Star game the next four seasons.
During that time, Wall was becoming one of the top players in the league. He also won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2014. His best year came during the 2016-17 season, which was the last time he played a full season. He finished that season, averaging 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and two steals. In the next two seasons, Wall continued to put up impressive numbers but miss a significant amount of games.
John Wall dealing with multiple injuries throughout his career
After the 2015-16 season, Wall had surgery during the off-season on both of his knees. He would go on to play during the 2016-17 season with no problem. But during the next season, that’s when the trouble started to happen for Wall. After signing a four-year $170 million contract extension, the injuries began to happen. During the 2017-18 season, Wall missed nine games early in the season with a knee injury. He would return to the team that season but later on, he experienced problems in his left knee, which required surgery. So, Wall had to miss more time. He missed two months with the injury and was able to return to the team and finish the season and play in the playoffs.
During the 2018-19 season, Wall started off hot, passing Wes Unseld for third place on the franchise career scoring list. In December of 2019, he was ruled out for the season with a left heel injury. Wall developed an infection from the incision during his surgery, and he later suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon when he slipped in fell at home, and that put him out for a year.
John Wall continuing to work on his game and get back to full strength
Even though Wall has missed the entire 2019-20 season, he’s been putting the work in on the court. Wizards’ fans have missed seeing Wall on the court with his fellow teammate Bradley Beal. With Wall being out, Beal has become the go-to player for the Wizards. But when Wall is back healthy, and the two are on the court together, they are among the best backcourts in the NBA.
Wall is doing everything he can to make sure he’s ready for the 2020-21 season. In his latest workout video, Wall shows glimpses of his old self before the injuries, and lets fans know that he is almost back. Watching the video, Wall does what he does best as he displays his ball-handling abilities, shooting abilities, and explosiveness to the rim. When he returns on that court, the Wizards will be a team that will compete for the playoffs.