Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been named NBA Player of the Week for the Eastern Conference.
The award coincides with the best 4-game stretch of Wall's career, in which he led the Wizards to a 3-1 record. Washington swept the last three games, all at home, in wins of 13, 9 and 22 points over the Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Hornets and Phoenix Suns. Prior to that, Wall scored 27 points and dished a season-high 14 assists in a 95-90 loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Wall averaged 24.0 points, 11.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while shooting .617 from the field, .800 from three-point range and .857 from the free-throw line in leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record during the week. Wall became the first NBA player since the three-point era began (1979-80) to average at least 24 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals, shoot at least .600 from the field, .800 from three-point range and .850 from the free-throw line in a four game span.
The third-year pro scored a season-high 29 points to go along with nine assists and four rebounds in a 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets (3/15). In a 106-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks (3/13), Wall recorded one of his three double-doubles during the week with 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Wall scored 27 points and dished out a season-high 14 assists in Cleveland (3/12). He rounded out the week with 17 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in Washington’s 127-105 win over the Phoenix Suns (3/16).
The Wizards are now 18-14 [.563] since Wall returned to the lineup on January 12. Prior to that, Wall missed the first 33 games with a knee injury and the team went 5-28 in his absence.
This is the first time the Wizards have had a player win Player of the Week honors since Antawn Jamison did it almost exactly five years ago.