On Thursday, the NBA announced that John Wall has been named to the All-NBA Third Team. In his seventh season in the league, this is Wall’s first All-NBA Team selection. He is the first Washington player to make an All-NBA Team since Gilbert Arenas in the 2006-07 season.
“It is a great honor to be named to the All-NBA team for the first time,” said Wall in the team's release. “Although this is an individual award, I consider it to be a team accomplishment and a reflection of the success and improvement we had this season. I wouldn’t be in this position without the hard work that my teammates and coaching staff put in on a daily basis and without the constant support and love from my family. On behalf of the team, I would also like to thank our amazing fans for being there for us all season--we all look forward to reaching new levels together for years to come.”
Wall became the first player in NBA history to average at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. His career season saw him earn his fourth straight All-Star game invite.
Additional highlights from his regular season include:
- Only player in NBA to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals
- Became just the third player since 2000-01 to finish a season with those averages – Russell Westbrook (2015-16), Chris Paul (2008-09, 2007-08)
- Third player in NBA history to average at least 23.0 points, 10.0 assists and 2.0 steals – Russell Westbrook (2015-16), Michael Adams (1990-91)
- One of three players (James Harden, Russell Westbrook) to average a point-assist double-double
- Became fourth player in team history to make four straight All-Star games
- One of three players in NBA history to lead the East in assists (831) in four straight seasons – Rajon Rondo (2008-12), Isiah Thomas (1982-86)
- Averaged career highs in points (23.1), field-goal percentage (.451), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0)
- Tallied six games of 15 points and 15 assists, one of seven players to do it more than once
- Had third-most games (49) of 10+ assists in the league – James Harden (60), Russell Westbrook (50)
- Recorded the third-most double-doubles (50) among NBA guards (James Harden, Russell Westbrook)
- Named NBA Eastern Player of the Month for December
- Honored as NBA Eastern Player of the Week two times (3/6 - 3/12 and 12/26 - 1/1)
- Scored a career-high 52 points (18-31 FG) vs. Orlando (12/6)
- Recorded career-high 20 assists vs. Chicago (3/17) - one of three 20 assist games in the NBA this season
- Set franchise record for assists in a season, set at Golden State (4/2)
- Set franchise record for career steals vs. Charlotte (12/14) and franchise record for career assists vs. Houston (11/7)
During the Wizards' postseason run, Wall averaged 27.2 points, 10.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He became just the eighth player in league history to average at least 25 points and 10 assists in the playoffs (minimum three games). Of those eight players, only Wall and Westbrook (2015-16) maintained those averages for more than 10 playoff games in a single postseason.