John Wall’s rise to superstardom has been well-documented on this website, but it has yet to reach the pinnacle across the NBA landscape. The four-time all-star has received the accolades, but does not receive the same hype as other NBA superstars. According to The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks, that’s about to change.
Through the first two games of the first round, Wall has never been better, beating the Hawks in dominating fashion.
Wall has been as dominant as anyone in the playoffs so far. In the first two games of the Wizards’ first-round series with the Hawks, he is averaging 32 points on 47.7 percent shooting, 11.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds a game, and he has been a star on both ends of the floor. He’s a 26-year-old entering the prime of his career, and he’s proving himself capable of carrying a team on his back. Whenever Atlanta has challenged Washington, Wall has provided an answer.
There are plenty specific examples of Wall’s dominance (GIFs included) in the article, but my favorite part is the foreshadowing. With the Celtics on the ropes early in the series against the Bulls, whoever the Wizards have next will be vulnerable, putting them in position to reach a Conference Final for the first time in Wall’s tenure. A showdown against LeBron’s Cavs is the spotlight Wall needs.
“John Wall’s time in the shadows is coming to an end,” is an eloquent ending to Tjarks’ article, but I prefer his colleague Shea Serrano’s proclamation: “If you’re not rooting for John Wall, I’ll fight you.”
Root for him on in Game 3 vs. Atlanta at 5:30 on TNT.