The John Wall timeline

The John Wall timeline
July 31, 2013, 7:30 pm
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We look back at John Wall's history with the Wizards from the drafted start to the $80 million dollar deal...


June 24 - Having jumped up in the lottery from fifth to first, the Wizards selected Wall with the No. 1 overall pick. The point guard became the first Kentucky player ever selected first overall in the NBA Draft.

June 25 - The Wizards officially introduce their new face of the franchise, red carpet style, including the D.C. mayor proclaiming the day, "John Wall Day" and other local sports notables welcoming Wall to town including Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg...and Donovan McNabb.

July - Became the first player in Las Vegas Summer League history to lead the league in points and assists per game en route to being named the Most Outstanding Player.

October 28 - Wall makes his NBA regular season debut at Orlando, finishing with 14 points and nine assists.

Novemeber 10 - In his sixth NBA game and with Magic Johnson watching from courtside, Wall posts triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and six steals vs. Houston. Becomes sixth fastest rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double and the only rookie other than Magic Johnson to have a triple-double with six+ steals within his first six career games. 


March 28 - Scores season-high 32 points against the Clippers with 10 assists and five rebounds. Becomes first rookie in franchise history since Earl Monroe (2/24/68) to reach those numbers in a single game.

April 13 - Caps rookie season on April 13 by scoring 10 points in 100-93 loss at Cleveland. In 69 games including 64 starts, Wall averaged 16.4 points and 8.3, which remains his career-high. Records 26 double-doubles, most for a Washington rookie since Tom Gugliotta in ’92-‘93. Led all NBA rookies in total assists and steals, and finished second behind Blake Griffin in points per game…Scored a season-high 32 points, and had 10 assists and five rebounds at LAC (3/23), 

December 26 - Wall and the Wizards open the 2011-12 campaign with a home loss to New Jersey, the first of eight straight setbacks opening the lockout shortened season


January 16 - The point guard scores a career-high 38 points against Houston in another Wizards loss as Washington fell to 1-12

March 16 - Washington acquires Nene while shipping out JaVale McGee and Nick Young. From the point the Nene makes his debut five days later through the end of the season, the Wizards post a 10-12 record after starting the season 10-34.

April 5 - Becomes the sixth fastest player in NBA history (124 games) to reach the 2,000 points/1,000 assists plateau at Detroit.

April 26 - Wall doles out 12 assists, his fifth straight game with at least 10 assists, and the Wizards close the season on a six-game winning streak. Becomes the first Wizard to record 10 or more assists in four straight games since Rod Strickland (November, 1997). Wall played in all 66 games, averaging a team-high 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game.

September 28 - Just before the start of training camp, the Wizards announce Wall to miss eight weeks with a stress injury in his right knee. In his absence, the Wizards struggle to find a suitable point guard solution and struggle in most other ways besides defense, opening the season with a 4-28 record. Outside critiques of Wall's game and potential begin getting louder.


January 12 - After missing the opening 33 games, Wall returns, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes as the Wizards down Atlanta 93-83.

January 22 - ESPN releases list of top-25 NBA players under the age of 25. John Wall, not on it. At this point, the Wizards are 4-2 with Wall in the lineup

February 6 - More and more discussion about whether the point guard is a "franchise" player. The outside voices, not a fan of Wall in this regard.

March 19 - Even before the season concludes, rumblings begin about the Wizards handing Wall a maximum contract.

March 22 - Posts career-best 16 assists along with 24 points as the Wizards rally from a 16-point halftime hole to beat the Lakers in Los Angeles.

March 25 - Wall rocks the Grizzlies for a career-high 47 points as the Wizards stun eventual Western Conference finalist Memphis 107-94. With 50 points a possibility late in the game, he passes on opportunities to shoot 3-pointers. Washington improves to 21-16 with Wall and 7-26 on the road. Over the next few days, one noted skeptic "reevaluated" his opinion on the Wizards' leader thanks to Wall's role in the turnaround.

April 6 - As they did throughout the second half of the season, the Wizards knock off a playoff team, this time Indiana 104-85 as Wall scored 37 points on 16 of 25 shooting. Washington's record with Wall, 24-19.

April 17- In a complete reversal of last season, the Wizards lose their final six games of the season, finishing out of the postseason for the fifth straight campaign. Ironically, it's Wall around for the end while others including Nene and Bradley Beal are shutdown with injuries. When that trio played together this season, Washington finished 15-7. Over three seasons and 184 games, Wall sports averages of 16.9 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals, placing him in company with Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Chris Paul as the only players in NBA history who have averaged or are currently averaging at least 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds for their career. He is the fastest player (134 games) in NBA history to reach 2,200 points, 1,000 assists, 600 rebounds, 200 steals and 90 blocks (since steals and blocks became an official stat) and is the fastest active player to reach 900 career assists (111 games).

June - An indicator of Wall's increased public image, which included a revealing photo spread, he acted in a video short with Jack Black on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

July 24 - Buzz builds from all corner's of the NBA about the two sides agreeing to a a maximum contract extension, including a fifth-year, all indicators of the trust the Wizards have in their point guard.

July 31 - Sources confirm to CSNwashington that Wall has signed a five-year, $80 million max contract extension that will keep him with the Wizards through summer of 2019. Another major press conference comes on Thursday.