John Wall BIO:
Professionally: Has averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 135 games with 130 starts in his first two NBA seasons. Became the sixth fastest player in NBA history (124 games) to reach the 2,000 points/1,000 assists plateau. Since steals and blocks became an official stat in the early 1970s, is the fastest player (134 games) to reach 2,200 points, 1,000 assists, 600 rebounds, 200 steals and 90 blocks. Tallied 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds at the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (2/24/12) as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for four consecutive months (January – April, 2011), became the first player in franchise history ever to win the honor in four consecutive months. Named MVP of the 2011 Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and recorded a Rookie Challenge record 22 assists in that game (2/18/11). His #2 jersey ranked as the 10th top-selling jersey in the NBA in 2010-11. Became the third-youngest player ever to record a triple-double, trailing only LeBron James (twice) and Lamar Odom, when he did so at 20 years and 65 days old (11/10/10). With 29 points, 13 assists and a franchise record-tying nine steals (Verizon Center record) in his home debut, became the first NBA player to ever record those numbers in a single game. Became the first player in Vegas Summer League history to lead the league in both points and assists per game, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NBA Summer League.
Personally: Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, by his mother, Frances Pulley. Lost his father, John Wall Sr., to liver cancer at the age of nine. Actively pursues community events involving children, and surprised 200 kids with a private autograph signing and a John Wall Holiday gift bag after a game in December, 2010. Is a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including “Salute To The Stars” and the annual “Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery”. Attended Word of God Christian Academy where he averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists during his senior year. Was ranked as the 2009 number one overall high school prospect by Rivals.com. Was featured on the cover of the January 11, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated and on the cover of the June 28, 2010, issue of ESPN The Magazine. Threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game on June 17, 2011. Has a signature dance, The John Wall Dance, that became a national pop sensation during his freshman season at Kentucky. Is the first-ever Kentucky player drafted number one overall in the NBA Draft. Was a member of USA Junior National Select teams that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2009.
2011-12: Started all 66 games and averaged a team-high 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game. Also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36.2 minutes per game. Finish seventh in the NBA in assists per game. Led Washington in total points (1,076), assists (530), steals (95), minutes played (2,386), field goals made (378), free-throws made (317). Recorded 17 double-doubles. Led the team in scoring 17 times and assists 57 times. Became the sixth fastest player in NBA history (124 games) to reach the 2,000 points/1,000 assists plateau at Detroit (4/5). Since steals and blocks became an official stat in the early 1970’s, is the fastest player (134 games) to reach 2,200 points, 1,000 assists, 600 rebounds, 200 steals and 90 blocks. Had 19 games with 20 + points. Had three games with 30 + points. Had 19 games with 10 or more assists. Scored a career-high 38 points vs. HOU (1/16). Tallied a career-high tying 15 assists twice (2/12 at DET, 2/28 at MIL). Tallied 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds at the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (2/24) as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Became the first player in franchise history to record 21 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals in the same game at CLE (4/25). Had at least 12 assists in each of the last four games of the season (4/21-4/26) becoming the first Wizard to record 10 or more assists in four straight games since Rod Strickland (November, 1997). Joined Boston’s Rajon Rondo as the only two players to have 13 or more assists in three straight games (4/21-4/25).
2010-11: Appeared in 69 games (64 starts) as a rookie, and averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 37.8 minutes per game. Led Washington in total points (1,131), assists (574), steals (121), minutes played (2,606), FTM (301) and FTA (393). Notched 26 double-doubles (most for a rookie guard since Damon Stoudamire in ‘95-’96, and most for a Wizards rookie since Tom Gugliotta in ’92-‘93). Led all rookies in total assists and steals, and finished second behind Blake Griffin in points per game. Scored a season-high 32 points, and had 10 assists and five rebounds at LAC (3/23), to become the first rookie in franchise history since Earl Monroe (2/24/68) to reach those numbers in a single game. Recorded nine or more assists in 10 straight games from 1/1 – 1/21 to become the first rookie in NBA history to have 10 consecutive games with nine or more assists. Recorded five games with 14+ assists to become the first Wizard since Rod Strickland in 1998-99 to have five games of 14+ assists in the same season. Scored 19 points and dished out a season-high 15 assists vs. UTA (1/17). Scored 25 points (all in the second half) vs. PHI (11/23). With 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and six steals vs. HOU (11/10) in his sixth career game became the sixth fastest rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double, and the only rookie other than Magic Johnson to have a triple-double with six+ steals within his first six career games. With 29 points, 13 assists and a franchise record-tying nine steals (Verizon Center record) in his home debut, became the first NBA player to ever record those numbers or better in a game. Forced overtime vs. PHI (11/23) with three free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Became Washington’s first rookie since Juwan Howard in 1994-95 to score over 1,000 points. Broke Muggsy Bogues’ franchise record for assists by a rookie. Scored 20+ points in 19 games. Missed a total of 13 games; four due to a sprained left foot (11/16-11/21), two due to a bruised right knee (11/27-11/29), one for a sore left foot (12/8), five for right knee tendinitis/bone bruise (12/14-12/22), and one for a league suspension (4/1).
Collegiately: Averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals during his lone season at Kentucky. Set the Kentucky single-game assist record with 16 (11 in the 1st half) in a game vs. Hartford (12/29/09). Set a new Wildcats single-season assist record (241). Holds the record for most points in a season by a Kentucky freshman. Was named 2010 Consensus First Team All-American. Won the 2009-10 Adolph Rupp National Player of the Year award. Voted as the 2009-10 SEC Player of the Year and was named 2010 SEC Tournament MVP. Became the first player in Kentucky history to record double-doubles in both points and rebounds as well as points and assists. Led UK to the Elite Eight in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Scored a career-high 25 points at Connecticut (12/9).