Wizards Guard John Wall Named 2014 NBA All-Star

Fourth-Year Guard Tabs First Career All-Star Appearance

1/30/2014, 7:45 p.m.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall was named to his first NBA All-Star team on Thursday. Photo by John DeFreitas

The NBA announced Thursday that Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been named an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

It marks the first All-Star appearance for Wall and the first by a Wizards player since Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were selected in 2008.

In his fourth year out of Kentucky, the 2010 number one overall draft pick is averaging career highs in points (19.8), assists (8.5) and steals (1.9), while pulling down 4.4 rebounds in 37 minutes per game.

Wall is shooting a career-high in three-point field goal percentage at .325 and free-throw percentage at .841 while leading all Eastern Conference players in assists per game, as well as leading all Eastern Conference point guards in double-doubles with 16.

"I am very proud to represent the Wizards franchise and the city of Washington as an All-Star and to share this honor with the fans who have supported me and stuck by me since I arrived here," Wall said. "I also consider this as a recognition for my teammates and coaches who have worked extremely hard to improve our team and pushed me to become a better player."

Wall earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for Nov. 18-24 after leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record while averaging 24.3 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals. He shot .500 from the field, .880 from the free-throw line and .500 from three-point range in wins over Minnesota, Cleveland and New York. The following week, Wall became the first player in franchise history to have a game with a least 26 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and five steals when he did it vs. Atlanta on Nov. 30.

Wall is the first Wizards player in franchise history to average at least 20 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals through the first 28 games of the season. He is the only player in the NBA this season to have a game with 16 assists and only one turnover. He tallied a season-high 37 points at Toronto on Nov. 22, scored 20-plus points in eight straight games and tallied 30-plus points in three straight games (Nov. 22-26).

Wall is the 28th player in franchise history to make the All-Star team.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. CT, and will be televised on TNT and broadcast on ESPN Radio.