“It is a great honor to be named to the All-NBA team for the first time,” said Wall. “Although this is an individual award, I consider it to be a team accomplishment and a reflection of the success and improvement we had this season. I wouldn’t be in this position without the hard work that my teammates and coaching staff put in on a daily basis and without the constant support and love from my family. On behalf of the team, I would also like to thank our amazing fans for being there for us all season--we all look forward to reaching new levels together for years to come.”
This season, Wall became the first player in league history to average at least 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He averaged career highs in scoring (23.1), field goal percentage (.451), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0). Wall joined James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only players to average a point/assist double-double during the regular season.
Wall had the third-most double-doubles (50) among NBA guards and had the third-most games (49) with 10 or more assists. He also led the Eastern Conference in assists (831) for a fourth straight season, one of three players to do so in league history (Isiah Thomas from 1980-86; Rajon Rondo from 2008-12).
For his efforts, Wall was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to make four straight All-Star games. He was also tabbed the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December and was a two-time Player of the Week honoree.
With Wall at the helm, the Wizards won 49 games (the most since the 1978-79 season), claimed the Southeast Division title (the first division title since the 1978-79 season) and returned to the playoffs, joining Cleveland as the only other team in the East to advance to the semifinals in three of the last four seasons.
During Washington’s postseason run, Wall averaged 27.2 points, 10.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He became just the eighth player in league history to average at least 25 points and 10 assists in the playoffs (minimum three games). Of those eight players, only Wall and Westbrook (2015-16) maintained those averages for more than 10 playoff games in a single postseason.
Wall is joined on the All-NBA Third team by forwards Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, guard DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and center DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers. The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, picking players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.