One of the most intriguing aspects of professional sports is watching the development of players as they continue through their career. Such growth has been going during the 2013-2014 season in the District of Columbia. John Wall has continued to emerge as one of the premier point guards in the league and his Washington Wizards are greatly benefiting from his performances.
Twenty-eight games into the year Wall has put together a run that is greatly improved in comparison to his early showings. He's averaging 20.2 points, 9 assists and 4.2 rebounds with a little more of one-third of the year completed. Those numbers place him among the top ten in each category for all point guards. His current streak has him scoring at least 20 points and earning five assists in each of the last Wizards eight games. He already has 10 double-doubles which has him tied for third with Brandon Jennings and Jeff Teague while only behind Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.
Even though it is still early in the year, Wall is also playing injury free; something that has never occurred in his young career. He's played in every game this year which has helped Washington to a 14-15 record. While this is far from the type of record that the group would want to have, it's still an improvement over past seasons and a step in the right direction. The 37 minutes that he spends on the court has been very productive for Wall as an individual player and team leader are well.
The Wizards starting five are performing very well with Wall in the lineup full time. Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat are all playing above their career averages at this time. The Wall affect isn't just in scoring however. For the most part, their rebounds and assists are rising as well. Their roster doesn't currently consist of any other star players at this point, but Wall's performance has everyone competing at a higher level when compared to last season.
As voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star game continues on these numbers should be more than enough to put together an early campaign for Wall's inclusion. Still, it's what Wall is doing for his teammates that is making this growth on the court more valuable. He's heading down the right path that can continue to bring big deals such as the max contract that he was awarded near the end of last year.