John Wall
John Wall
29-Year-Old GuardG
Washington Wizards
OFS
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 10/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After tearing his Achilles in February of 2019, Wall is expected to sit out the entire 2019-20 season to rehab. Assuming all goes as planned, Wall should be slated to return to action to begin the 2020-21 campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $169.34 million contract extension with the Wizards in July of 2017. Contract includes $46.87 million player option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

John Wall was born in 1990 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was raised by his mother, Frances Pulley. Wall was nine years old when he tragically lost his father, John Wall Sr., to liver cancer. For high school, the point guard attended Garner Magnet High School and Needham B. Broughton High School before settling on Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh. At Word of God as a fifth-year senior, he averaged 19.7 points, over eight rebounds and nine assists per game. After leading the Holy Rams to the North Carolina Class 1A state championship, Wall was ranked as the 2009 No. 1 overall high school prospect by Rivals.com. As an NBA star, Wall is very active with community service through his own John Wall Family Foundation (www.johnwall2.com). He hosts an annual Back 2 School giveaway, which provides students in his hometown of Raleigh and Washington, D.C. from grades 3-8 with school supplies. Wall actively supports community events involving children, and surprised 200 kids with a private autograph signing and a John Wall Holiday gift bag after a game in December 2010. The veteran point guard is also a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including "Salute To The Stars" and the annual "Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery". Learn more via @JohnWall on Twitter and Instagram.

College/International Summary

After being ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 high school recruit from the 2009 class, Wall committed to the University of Kentucky, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton as those pledging to the school in coach John Calipari's first season with the Wildcats. As a freshman, Wall started in 37 games and averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. During his Wildcat debut versus Miami, Wall drained the game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats finished the season as both SEC regular-season and SEC Tournament champions. Wall finished the season as the SEC leader in assists (241) and made free throws (175) and ranked second in points (616) and steals (66). Kentucky entered the NCAA Tournament as the No.1 seed in the East region. The Wildcats made it to the Elite Eight, where they lost to West Virginia. In April 2010, Wall announced he was entering the 2010 NBA Draft, where he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by Washington.

Won't join team in Orlando
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
June 29, 2020
Wall (Achilles) will not travel with the Wizards to Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports.
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By all accounts, Wall continues to progress well in his recovery from a torn Achilles, but he will not be with the team when the season resumes. Instead, per Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard, Wall will work out in Washington, D.C. and Miami with coaches. Sheppard noted that the extensive time off interrupted Wall's schedule, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.
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John Wall underwent a pair of surgeries in January and February of 2019 to address his ruptured left Achilles and hasn't seen game action since Dec. 26, 2018 in Detroit. On Apr. 19, Wall confirmed during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he would not suit up for the Wizards in 2019-20.

2018

Wall's 2018-19 season was cut short to 32 games as a result of a torn Achilles, but he was still productive in the contests he participated in. He saw 34.5 minutes per game, averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Wall also shot 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from distance (making a career-high 1.6 threes per game) and 69.7 percent from the charity stripe. Those numbers compiled into Wall's second-best true-shooting mark (52.7 percent) of his career. He finished the season with 10 double-doubles. Wall also accumulated five games with at least 30 points, 10 games with double-digit assists and eight games with more than two steals. On Dec. 16, Wall had his best performance of the season during an 18-point win over the Lakers at home. In 42 minutes, he posted 40 points (16-27 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Wall was also part of an excellent five-man combination that was plus-24.2 points per 100 possessions in a 35-minute sample, and it included Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoransky, Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant. Washington finished the season 32-50.

2017

Wall had another fantastic season for the Wizards in 2017-18, but after four healthy seasons, he struggled with injuries. Wall started 16 of Washington's first 18 games and averaged 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game. In late November, a knee issue forced him to miss 10 of 12 games. He returned Dec. 13 and played in 21 straight games. Over that span, he shot 40.5 percent from the field and scored 18.6 points per contest. On Jan. 10, Wall scored a season-high 35 points to go with 11 assists in a home loss to Utah. Soreness in his left knee forced him to miss a Jan. 27 game at Atlanta. On Jan. 30, it was decided that Wall needed to undergo a knee procedure, which forced him to miss another 27 straight games. While injured, Wall was still named to his fifth consecutive All-Star Game but was replaced by Andre Drummond. The speedy guard returned for four of Washington's last seven games and played in all six playoff contests versus Toronto, once again delivering impressive postseason stats. Wall averaged 26.0 points, 11.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in the Round 1 loss.

2016

Despite offseason knee surgery, Wall played in 77-plus games for the fourth straight time during the 2016-17 season. The point guard started 78 contests, averaging 36.4 minutes of run and arguably had the best season of his seven-year career. He averaged 23.1 points and 0.7 assists while shooting 45.1 percent from the field -- all of which were career highs. On Dec. 6, Wall scored a career-high 52 points to go with eight assists and three steals in a home loss to Orlando. For the second season in a row, Wall won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December. In late January, the North Carolina native was nominated as an All-Star for the fourth straight year. On Mar. 29, Wall delivered 41 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in a road loss to the Clippers. Wall finished first in the NBA in steals (157), third in assists (831) and 18th in points (1,805). Washington finished the regular season with a 49-33 record and defeated the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Boston in Round 2. Wall started in all 13 playoff games, racking up an average of 27.2 points, 10.3 assists, 3.2 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks. At season's end, he earned All-NBA Third Team honors.

2015

Wall had another tremendous campaign in 2015-16. The veteran started 77 games and delivered a career-high 19.9 points per contest. And after registering three triple-doubles over his first five NBA seasons, Wall collected four of them in 2015-16. On Dec. 21., Wall dealt a career-high 19 assists in a win over the Kings. Over 16 December games, Wall put up 22.6 points, 11.7 assists, 4.8 boards, 2.3 steals and 1.3 three pointers per contest. That production led to Wall earning Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for the month of December. In February, the point guard played in his third straight All-Star Game as a reserve and scored 22 points over 19 minutes of run. On Feb. 3, Wall scored a season-high 41 points in a home loss to Golden State. Two nights later, Wall collected his fourth career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over visiting Philadelphia. On Feb. 23, Wall gathered another triple-double via 16 points, 12 boards and 11 assists in a win over the Pelicans. Wall registered two more triple-doubles in back-to-back games in March. On Mar. 16, Wall produced 29 points, 12 assists and 10 boards in a home win over Chicago. The next night, Wall did it again with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists during a win at Philadelphia. The Wizards finished an even 41-41 and missed the playoffs.

2014

The 2014-15 season was Wall's fifth in the NBA. He started 79 games for the Wizards and averaged a career-high 10.0 assists. The point guard also shot a career-best 44.5 percent from the field. On Oct. 30 in the second game of the season, Wall posted 30 points, 12 assists and two steals during a win at Orlando. Wall also dished a career-high 17 assists, along with 26 points, in a win over Boston on Dec. 8. He repeated the 17-assist feat eight days later in a win over Minnesota. Wall collected 40 double-doubles over the season. In late January, Wall was named as an Eastern Conference starter for the 2015 All-Star Game, and on March 25, the Kentucky product scored a season-high 34 points in a home loss to the Pacers. Wall ended the season ranked second in the NBA in assists (792), sixth in minutes played (2,837) and ninth in steals (138). The Wizards qualified for the playoffs with a 46-36 record, but an ankle injury forced Wall to miss three of 10 playoff games. He registered a double-double in five of his seven postseason games, though, including a 26-point, 17-assist effort in a Game 2 win over Toronto in Round 1. At season's end, Wall was named to the NBA's 2015 All-Defensive Second Team.

2013

After missing 33 games due to injury in 2012-13, Wall played in all 82 regular season games for Washington in 2013-14. The point guard also improved his scoring for the third season in a row. He drastically improved his three-point shooting to 35.1 percent and delivered per-game career highs in points (19.3), assists (8.8) and three-pointers (1.3). On Nov. 19, Wall dished a career-best-tying 16 assists during a win at Philadelphia. Three nights later, Wall scored a season-high 37 points during a loss at Toronto. Wall delivered his second career triple-double with 28 points, 11 boards and 10 assists in a home loss to the Celtics on Jan. 22. The production led to the Kentucky product being named to his first All-Star game, where he posted 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals off the bench. On April 9, Wall collected his third career triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a loss to visiting Charlotte. Wall finished the season ranked first in the NBA in assists (721), fifth in minutes played (2,980), sixth in steals (149) and seventh in free throws made (317). The Wizards finished with a 44-38 record, enabling Wall to make his postseason debut. Washington defeated the Bulls in the first round but lost to the Pacers in six games in Round 2. Over 11 playoff games, Wall averaged 16.3 points and 7.1 assists.

2012

In his third NBA season, Wall improved upon his scoring. He averaged a career-best 18.5 points and shot a career-high 44.1 percent from the field. After shooting only 7.1 percent the previous campaign from behind the arc, Wall shot 26.7 percent from three-point land in 2012-13. And he drained a career-best 80.4 percent of his free throws. A September diagnosis of a knee injury forced Wall to miss the first 33 games of the season. The point guard returned on Jan. 12 and scored 14 points in a win over Atlanta. On March 22, Wall dished a career-best 16 assists to go with 24 points during a road win over the Lakers. Three nights later, Wall scored a career-high 47 points on 13-of-22 shooting and added eight assists and seven boards in win over visiting Memphis. Washington finished with a 29-53 record and missed the postseason.

2011

After missing 13 games as a rookie, Wall played in all 66 games for the Wizards during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. Wall improved his overall field goal percentage from 40.9 percent as a rookie to 42.3 during his sophomore campaign. However, his three-point shooting drastically declined from 29.6 percent as rookie to 7.1. Wall registered 16 double-doubles in 2011-12. He had his best game on Jan. 16, recording a career-high 38 points in addition to eight assists and four steals during a loss to Houston. Twice in February, Wall matched his career-best 15 assists. On Feb. 28, the speedy guard posted 19 points and 15 assists in a loss at Milwaukee. The Wizards finished with a 20-46 record and missed the playoffs.

2010

The Wizards selected Wall with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Wall justified the pick quickly, winning MVP honors during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 assists and 2.5 steals. Wall made his NBA debut on opening night (Oct. 28) with a 14-point, nine-assist effort in a loss at Orlando. On Nov. 2, the third game of the season, Wall posted 29 points, nine assists and three steals during a win over the 76ers. Wall registered his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 boards during a home win over Houston on Nov 10. Trouble struck when knee tendinitis forced Wall to miss 12 games in November and December. He returned Dec. 26 and played in 54 of the final 55 games. The speedy point guard was then named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month from January through April. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Wall ended his rookie season with per-game averages of 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft. Shortly there after, signed a multi-year, rookie agreement with the Wizards.
  • July 31, 2013
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Washington Wizards
  • July 26, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract with the Washington Wizards. Contract includes player option for 2022-23 season.
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After four straight seasons of playing 77 or more games, Wall's luck took a bit of a turn during the 2017-18 campaign, as the 27-year-old point guard missed 41 contests with a recurring knee injury. He had a cleanup procedure performed at the end of January and was given a 6-to-8-week timetable for his return, which ultimately allowed him to rejoin the team for a playoff run. Wall made it back for the final six games of the regular season, but the Wizards weren't able to make much noise once the postseason began, as they were bounced by the Raptors in the first round. It was yet another early exit for Washington, and a disappointing season for Fantasy owners that selected Wall in the top of drafts. Over his abbreviated schedule, Wall finished with averages of 19.4 points, 9.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks across 34.4 minutes, all of which (except blocks) were down from his previous season averages. However, the injuries certainly played a factor there and the five-time NBA All-Star should be a prime bounce-back candidate heading into the upcoming campaign. Wall is already back to full strength and the Wizards return nearly the entire roster from a season ago, so there shouldn't be any drastic threats to Wall's usage offensively. Fellow backcourt star Bradley Beal did earn his first All-Star bid himself, and for the second straight season averaged over 22.0 points per game, but again, the two have proven they can play alongside each other without sacrificing a ton of value. Wall's a career 78.6 percent free-throw shooter and has knocked down only 32.7 percent of his deep balls since joining the NBA, so there are certainly a few categories where he's not perfect. That said, his scoring numbers are almost always there and Wall seems likely to jump back up into double-digit assist averages, giving him plenty of potential to be selected in the top-15 of drafts once again.
Wall is coming off his fourth straight All-Star campaign. He raised his points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.0) and field-goal percentage (45.1) from the previous season. He also made an All-NBA team for the first time. Unsurprisingly, the Wizards rewarded Wall during the offseason with a massive four-year, $170 million max extension. The 27-year-old is without a doubt entering his prime and should be poised for another impressive campaign, as the Wizards roster has changed very little from the previous season, notably retaining their starting five. In addition to being a reliable player in year-long formats, Wall is a prime option to use in DFS, as he has huge big-game upside. Of note, he dropped 52 points (18-31 FG, 5-8 3Pt 11-14 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and three steals on Dec. 6 against the Magic. He also racked up 12 games with 30-plus points, eight games with 15-plus assists and 27 games with three-plus steals. Wall rarely gets hurt either, as he’s played at least 77 games each of the past three seasons. The seventh-year man is virtually a guarantee to always play big minutes as well, as he’s averaged 36.1 minutes per game on his career. Possibly the only two knocks on Wall’s game are that he’s been a subpar three-point (32.9 percent) and free-throw (79.3 percent) shooter over the past three campaigns. His 4.1 turnovers per game aren’t pretty either, but the 10-plus assists per game make up for it. Overall, Wall has potential to be a top-5 Fantasy player and certainly warrants a selection in the top-10 in seemingly every Fantasy format.
While the Wizards backslid last season and missed the playoffs, little of the blame can be placed on Wall, who made his third straight All-Star team on the strength of a banner season. The point guard showed noticeable growth in a number of areas in 2015-16, averaging career highs in points (19.9 per game), assists (10.2, good for third in the NBA), rebounds (4.9), steals (1.9) and three-pointers (1.4). The healthy assist and rebound totals night in and night out allowed Wall to finish near the top of the league in double-doubles with 49 and triple-doubles with four. His achievements are all the more impressive when considering he played nearly the entire season while battling an assortment of injuries, including soreness in both knees that would ultimately sideline him for the Wizards’ final five games, when the team was effectively eliminated from postseason contention. Wall would require offseason surgery on the knees in what amounted to cleanup procedures, and there’s now optimism that he might able to take his game to greater heights during the upcoming season now that he seemingly won’t have to play through pain. While questions remain about whether Wall can coexist with oft-injured backcourt mate Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ decision to extend Beal to a max contract this offseason indicates the organization is banking on the duo enhancing their on-court chemistry and leading the team back to the playoffs. It’s fair to expect that Wall will be able to do just that, given the dramatic improvement he’s already shown throughout his career, particularly with his three-point shot. At 26 years old, Wall is right in the middle of the prime of his career and should remain an elite fantasy option at the point guard spot for at least a couple more years.
After a few uneven seasons after being selected as the first pick in the 2010 draft, Wall has established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. The 6-4 guard was named to the All-Star Team for the second straight season and was second in the league in assists at 10.0 per game (just 0.2 behind Chris Paul) in 2014-15. He played 36 minutes in 79 games and made a career-high 45 percent of his field goals. Wall's scoring fell a bit from his 2013-14 campaign to 17.6 points, and his 79 percent from the line was his worst conversion rate since his rookie season. Wall added 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks. Some of his scoring went to other Wizards, but he also did not shoot three-pointers quite as well as he did in the season prior. The former Kentucky Wildcat hit 30 percent of his three-pointers for 0.8 per game. Wall's speed, particularly on the fast break, is what sets him apart from almost every other guard in the league. His shooting is on the rise over his career and he might be unguardable if he can develop a reliable three-point shot.
Heading into his fifth NBA season, John Wall is looking to make the step from very good to elite. He averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks over 36 minutes last season, playing in each of the Wizards' 82 games. While he set or matched personal bests in terms of points, assists, and steals, the most encouraging aspect of Wall's 2013-14 campaign was the development of a three-point shot. After making just 15-of-97 three-point attempts over the previous two seasons, Wall attempted 308 treys in 2013-14, making 35 percent of his shots. He also made his first appearances in both the All-Star Game and playoffs, though his first postseason showing left something to be desired. Still only 24 years old, and with excellent size and athleticism, Wall has all the pieces in place to take another step in terms of shooting efficiency and assists. The Wizards addressed their previously poor frontcourt depth in the offseason, and shooting guard Bradley Beal continues to develop as a potential star. While the solid supporting cast means Wall probably won't make a big jump in terms of shot attempts, he could improve his efficiency from last season, when he made 43 percent of his field-goal attempts. While his shooting has been the subject of much criticism, Wall has never had any trouble at the line, where he's a career 79-percent shooter, and coming off an 81-percent season.
Tendinitis sidelined Wall for the first 33 games of the 2012-13 campaign. But once he returned to the lineup, he flashed the form that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, finishing the season with a career-high scoring average (18.5 ppg), 7.6 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a shooting percentage of 44 from the field. But the Wizards are hoping for continued improvement – and they're investing $80 million in that potential over five years. He has plenty of room to grow. For starters, he has no outside shot at all – he shot 27 percent from three-point range in 2012-13, and that was actually an improvement from his now-legendary 07 percent in 2011-12. (In fairness, the sample sizes both years were very small – he had 15 makes from long range in those two seasons combined.) He's also a major defensive liability. But he's still just 24 years old, years away from his prime. His continued development, along with the improving overall talent level of Washington's roster, could make this Wall's breakout campaign.
John Wall averaged about 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds in an impressive rookie campaign. In his second year, he averaged about 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Consistency is nice, I guess, but when you're the first overall pick in the draft, "improvement" is the expectation. The only real change in Wall's game from in his sophomore season was his near-total abandonment of the three-point shot. He converted just three of his 42 attempts last season. Wall's awful three-point shooting isn't a major concern yet. Plenty of guards have either developed that shot at the pro level--Jason Kidd, for example--or adjusted their games to make their outside shooting less of a liability--Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker, to name two. If Wall is going to become the point guard many thought he'd be coming out of Kentucky, he's going to have to figure out what to do when defenses drop back and dare him to shoot from the outside. We’re optimistic that having more veterans on the team this season, and the absence of headaches like JaVale McGee, Nick Young, and Andray Blatche, will help Wall take the next step in his development.
Remember when adjusting to the pro game was really difficult for point guards? John Wall was the latest to make it look easy, with stellar rookie averages of 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 boards and 1.8 steals. If not for Blake Griffin’s injury-delayed NBA debut, Wall almost certainly would have run away with top rookie honors. Room for improvement? Plenty – don’t forget, he played most of last season with lingering foot and knee injuries that limited him to 69 games. But Wall also has some pretty significant holes in his game. Like many rookie point guards, Wall can be turnover-prone; he coughed the ball up 3.8 times per game last season and 4.8 times per 48 minutes of play. He also has no outside shot to speak of; he shot under 30 percent from three as a rookie and made just 34 shots from beyond the arc. That’s not a new problem – he shot .325 from the shorter college three-point line in his only season at Kentucky. It will be interesting to see if teams start using the same sort of sagging “dare you to shoot” defenses on Wall that they’ve tried on Rajon Rondo.
In years gone by, point guard was the toughest position to master at the NBA level. But rules changes that limit contact on the perimeter and a focus on faster-paced offenses have allowed guards like Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans to take over at the NBA level without missing a beat, and Wall seems to be a lock to follow suit. A tremendous athlete with good size (6-4, 195) for the position, he has a feel for the game that's truly remarkable for a player his age; at Kentucky, he showed an excellent knack for deferring to teammates when he could but stepping up and taking the big shot when needed. He averaged 23.5 points and 7.8 assists in four Vegas Summer League games, but also notched 5.3 turnovers per game, so bear that in mind if your league counts TOs.
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Reiterates healthy status
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
May 26, 2020
During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Wall (Achilles) once again reiterated that he feels "110 percent" healthy, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Confident in progress
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
May 20, 2020
In a recent interview with 247Sports, Wall (Achilles) expressed confidence in his game as he continues to work back from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
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Won't play in 2019-20
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
April 19, 2020
Wall (Achilles) confirmed Thursday during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he won't suit up for the Wizards in 2019-20 if or when the suspended season resumes, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Practiced with G League team
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
April 1, 2020
Prior to the suspension of the season, Wall (Achilles) had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Not expected back if NBA returns
GWashington Wizards
Out For Season
March 25, 2020
Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
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