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Morning tip: John Wall's sights on All-Star Game and All-NBA team

Morning tip: John Wall's sights on All-Star Game and All-NBA team

His sixth game of 40 minutes or more in the books, John Wall finally has the Wizards where they hadn't been since Nov. 24, 2015. Keeping them with a winning record, with the second game of a back-to-back at the Boston Celtics tonight, is key to his hopes of being a four-time All-Star and first-time All-NBA performer.

"I've been an All-Star before. I've been a starter. I've never been on an All-NBA team," said Wall, who hit the game-winning shot and registered his 23rd double-double vs. the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. "I'll be very disappointed if I don't make it this year, to be honest with you. On both."

Based on the first round of All-Star fan voting, which counts for 50% of the equation to determine starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans, Wall likely won't be a starter as in 2015 when the Wizards opened that season 22-8 and played on Christmas Day when he dominated the N.Y. Knicks. They started 2-8 this year but are 19-18 after erasing an 18-point deficit to beat Chicago as Wall had a game-high 26 points, 14 assists and five rebounds. It was his 10th game of 12 more more assists.

No other conference player is in Wall's zip code when it comes to the points-assist double-double. He was just seventh in the fan voting among East guards at 87,000 -- 41,000-plus behind sixth-place Kyle Lowry and fifth-place Derrick Rose. The top two, as it stands Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade, will start but media and players also will vote to comprise the other 50%. Coaches will determine the reserves. The next round of fan voting comes out Thursday.

The lack of national attention and respect has long bothered Wall, who was irked at end-of-regular-season media voting that put Irving on the All-NBA team ahead of him for the 2014-15 season.

The Wizards were just 41-41 last year and missed the playoffs. Wall required surgeries to both knees May 5 but still averaged 19.9 points and 10 assists per game. Despite having to use part of this regular season to play his way back into shape, Wall is putting up career-highs of 23.4 points, 10.4 assists and 2.2 steals to go with 4.5 rebounds. He was named Player of the Month in December when he posted 10 double-doubles and set a career-high with 52 points.

"I don't know how you can start an All-Star Game and don't make an All-NBA team," Wall said of what he perceived as a slight in 2015. "I was close to averaging 20 and 10 (last year). Both of those recognitions mean a lot to me but All-NBA team is very important. I know there's a lot of great guards in this league and they're all playing well. 

"I know you don't get noticed if your team is not winning. We're a team that's back in the playoff picture. I think that should help me get over the hump from where we started early in the season. I don't know too many guys that won Player of the Month and wasn't an All-Star or made the All-NBA team. ... Got to see what happens."

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John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

The top 15 most popular NBA jerseys list was revealed on Thursday with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sitting atop the list.

Many of the names on the list aren't surprising with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook right behind Curry.

However, just outside the top 10 is John Wall, who is coming off of the best season of his career. 

Wall ended up ranked No. 12 in the entire NBA in jersey sales.

Although he failed to make the list last season, Wall continued to develop his popularity with a successful season and a high level of performance. 

Now, Wall has become one of the most popular players in the league and helped lead the Wizards to the playoffs.

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He beat out some big name players to make the list and ranks ahead of the likes of stars Jimmy Butler and Damian Lillard.

As Wall's popularity continues to grow, look for the young guard to see his name rise in the jersey sales list next season. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Chase Hughes, J. Michael and Chris Miller go in-depth on the latest in Paul George and the Wizards, Chris Paul's trade to the Rockets and where other NBA free agents could and should land.

Garrett Temple, a former Wizards player, current Kings guard and recently elected as the VP of the NBA Players' Association, joined the show to talk about his new role, his old teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal, plus NBA super teams.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play.

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