NEW ORLEANS -- Now that was a heck of a start for John Wall. He won the slam-dunk competition on Saturday -- and Wizards teammate Bradley Beal almost won the three-point shootout -- so all that remains is All-Star Game MVP in his first appearance. What, by chance, if that were to happen Sunday?
"If I was All-Star MVP, man, I wouldn't know what to do," Wall said. "I really wouldn't even have an answer for that one. ... I'd cry."
It'll be difficult to pull that off. Wall was voted in as a reserve by coaches and will play behind starter Kyrie Irving, who hasn't had as good of a season or as much team success.
Still, the open-court style of an All-Star Game tends to favor speedy guards and versatile slashers such as LeBron James and Paul George. Plus, Wall already has built up equity after his slam-dunk performance.
"If I was a starter, I'd try to do like I did in the Rising Stars (Challenge), try to get the most assists in the game," Wall said of when he competed in that rookie-sophomore event. "You don't worry about how many minutes you play or nothing like that. I'll take the open shots I have and also try to find people. That's the biggest thing. Go out there and have fun and the game gets more serious in the second half."
Wall blew away the field in the dunk competition and was voted the winner by fans. Beal pushed Marco Belinelli to an extra session in the three-point shootout, falling 24-18 in the end. The Wizards' starting backcourt could've been in position for a clean sweep. But almost would be good enough, too.