Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been named Eastern Conference player of the week for games played Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17. Other candidates for the award included Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as well as the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.
This marks the first time Wall has received such an honor in his three years since being drafted number one overall in 2010. Wall is the Wizards first conference player of the week since Antawn Jamison won it in March 2008.
The team managed a 3-1 week with wins against coming against Phoenix, New Orleans, and Milwaukee. Wall himself said he was surprised he received the award over fellow nominees James and Wade, due to the fact that the Miami Heat are on a historical win streak and Washington lost to Cleveland without Kyrie Irving.
In January, Wall went from Reebok to Adidas ending his run with the company who signed him to an endorsement deal directly out of college. On March 7, 2013, with Wall in town to play the Nets, Adidas launched his first shoe, the ‘adiPure CrazyQuick’ in New York.
Wall seems to like his new shoes a great deal as he followed their release with arguably the best week of his professional career.
Over the week Wall averaged 24 points, 11 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, with three double-doubles. He registered a season highs in assists and points, dishing out 14 dimes against the Cavaliers and scoring 29 points against the Hornets.
But what is most surprising about Wall’s play of late is his shooting percentage. The third year guard shot 61.7 percent from the field for the week, ranking sixth in the Eastern Conference. Prior to that, he was only converting 41.4 percent of his field goals, 2 of 18 from three point range.
Recently, Wall said he wants to start taking more three point shots from the corners and last week they began to fall. Wall made 4 of 5 three-point attempts as he continues to shoot from the perimeter with confidence.
The Wizards are 18-14 since Wall joined the lineup and seem to be a completely different team than the one which managed to lose 12 straight to start the season.