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John Wall, an Amazing Story
John Wall, An Amazing Player
During his childhood John Wall heard people say "You're just like your father." This was not a complement as Wall's father was convicted with second degree murder after shooting a woman in the head after an argument, then three weeks after John Wall's first birthday his father robbed a store at gunpoint, he was charged with armed robbery. So until he turned 9 years old John Wall grew up with a father he could only see in prison, then Wall's father was released from prison a month early because he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, he would die in a hotel bathroom while on vacation with the whole family. John's last memory of his father is watching his father being carried out of the hotel into an ambulance. John Wall still keeps the Randy Moss jersey his father was wearing that day as a reminder of what he swore to himself and to his family not to become. But that promised din't come immediately as in the years following the incident Wall took out his anger in violent ways, as he was a star on the court during his earliest levels of basketball he was horrible off of it. in June he was given the nickname Crazy J, symbolizing what he had become. This name was well deserved as almost everyday he got into fights and was kicked out of almost every basketball camp he joined. At the ages of 13 and 14 him and his friends would break into cars and actually steal them, twice the police shot at them and John recalls returning fire once. At this time John almost turned out the edge, he almost went over the point of no return. But suddenly it all just stopped, almost with no warning the kid who would get into a fight on the court at the smallest insult just turned the other cheek and ran back onto defense or took the ball and got onto offense. Because of his mother's words, "Don't be like your father, you're better than that John." But he learned a lesson that many people have learned in their lives, his reputation followed him and as a sophomore he was cut from his high school basketball team and the coach went with the safer choice, choosing to instead go with a senior point guard that wouldn't cause him any problems on or off the court. John was the clear better choice and was one of the most talented young players in America at the time. Normally John would've lashed out at the decision but now he was a changed man, instead he transferred to Word of God Christian Academy, where the head coach asked him, "John, why aren't you being recruited by Duke and Carolina?"
"I don't know." John replied. His coach responded with something John carried with him throughout his life, "You aren't being recruited because you're an ass."
John then made sure he created a new image for himself, one of an amazing teammate and a hard worker. His hard work paid off, as in the Summer after his sophomore year he was invited into the Reebok All-American camp. Where he starred out with his amazing court vision and was being recruited by every division one college in the country. But one coach stood out, as John Callamare took the country by storm with his run and gun style offense at Memphis. So when John chose his college he followed John to the Kentucky Wildcats. But in John's senior year he was cited with Breaking and Entering, now this may seem like a step back to Crazy J, but it turns out he just broke into an abandoned house to spend some alone time with a girl, but that doesn't change the fact that his image was ruined once more. but he ended up enrolling in Kentucky Summer school and he impressed teachers and coaches and everyone with a 4.0 GPA and everyone was astonished by the polite and hard working Teenager they saw in John Wall.
During his one year at Kentucky he had one of the greatest freshman seasons ever seen. Where he was freshman of the year and a first team All-American. With 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, a 46.1 percent field goal percentage, and 4.3 rebounds per game. He led Kentucky to a 29-2 record but sadly they did not win the championship as they lost in the Elite Eight to West Virginia. Still this was just the beginning for John Wall. He was determined to prove himself as the best player in his class and he did.
First off I want to say that John Wall is an amazing player that seems as if he can become the next Magic or John Stockton, I have major respect for the man. As the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft he was taken by the Washington Wizards, he immediately came out and earned the starting job but in his NBA Debut on October 28 2010, John didn't play very well, awful even. He ended with a 31.6 percent field goal percentage, 3 steals, 9 assists, 1 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 3 personal fouls, and 14 points. He obviously didn't play well, but in his second game he made up for it, as he didn't play amazingly he still played very well. He had 24 points, 1 turnover, 1 personal foul, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 66.7 field goal percentage. He had a great game and made a name for himself finally. But his third game was when he finally showed out, with 56.3 percent field goal percentage, 29 points, 8 turnovers, 5 person fouls, 2 rebounds, 13 assists, and 9 steals. He may have had 8 turnovers but he showed out amazingly, he was being noticed. He finished his rookie year averaging 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 8.3 assists, along with 40.9 field goal percentage.
Wall's best year is by far 2016-2017 when he averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 2 steals, 45.1 field goal percentage, 0.6 blocks, and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was awarded with his fourth all-star game selection.
He's been an amazing player throughout his career, a top 12 player in the league right now by far. One of the reasons why I believe he is going to become a top 8 or even a top 5 is the fact that he is determined to become of the all time greats, he said it himself. He doesn't want to be remembered as a great player he wants to be remembered as an all time great. He's already a top 10 passer of all time, in my opinion, so he's on the track to accomplish his goal.
In his first seven seasons he had: 18.8 points, 9.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 4.5 rebounds per game. In the history of the league only 5 other plays have averaged those numbers in their first seven seasons: Chris Paul, Magic Johnson, Tim Hardaway, Isaiah Thomas, and Kevin Johnson.
Which already puts Wall with some Hall of Fame company, but I'm not done. Between his 5-7 seasons Wall has averaged 20.2 points, 10.3 assists, and 1.7 steals a game. The only other players to do that are: None.
Wall is the player to produce 20 and 10 in is first 5-7 seasons. But we still don't talk about him in the conversation of great NBA point guards, he is one of the greatest of all time already. Everyday he works 5+ hours a day in the gym, he doesn't have a single off day and he pushes his teammates. It's obvious he can and probably will become an all time great, it's his team is holding him back.
Because of Wall's backstory the Wizards are rapidly becoming my second favorite team behind the Thunder, so expect more articles about the Wizards my 0-1 followers.