We like milestone moments whether they be debuts, anniversaries ending in 0 or 5 or say the 200th game of a player's career. Of course, just about any player who sticks around long enough crosses certain thresholds, but it depends on the level of interest of said player as to the level of fuss or who makes the mentions.
For example, ex-Wizard Cartier Martin scored the 1,000 point of his career in Atlanta's loss at Washington on Saturday night. There was no mention in any major publication. Not sure anyone in the Verizon Center media room who didn't happen to stumble upon that factoid in the game notes was aware. The Hawks owner certainly didn't blog about it.
The opportunity to mention John Wall playing in his 200th game Monday night against Orlando and compare his notable stats against others in league history is something else. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis did just that Monday morning on his blog site, Ted's Take.
"John Wall will play in his 200th game tonight. He is averaging 17.1 points per game, 8.1 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. Do you know the only other players that have these stats or better after 200 games in NBA history?
"Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Chris Paul, Damon Stoudamire. That is the list.
"John Wall is crafting an elite career. And is in elite NBA company concerning these stats to start his career."
That's some company Wall's keeping. During the Wizards current 6-2 stretch, he's been even better: 22.6 points, 8.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds. His season averages of 19.2 points and 9.0 assists would represent new career-highs.
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I'm not sure what status Wall joins if he keeps up this current pace. If there is a change or even if he maintains status quo with those uber impressive names, I'm sure we'll find out. Probably around March 20 when the Wizards play at Portland, Wall's 250th game.