John Wall is honest about his desire to be an All-Star for the first time in his four-year career. And yes, he's following the fan balloting, which has him at a distant fourth among Eastern Conference guards.
"I see it. My agent (Dan Fegan) and my brother send it to me," Wall said. "I just focus on trying to play basketballI and try to be the best player I can be to help my team."
Wall has scored 20 points or more in a career-high seven consecutive games. In this stretch, he's averaging 22.9 points and shooting 50.9%. Derrick Rose, who is out for the season, is one of the guards he trails. Kyrie Irving is the other. Irving is set to have an MRI after hearing a pop in his left knee Tuesday. That would leave Wall with the other top vote-getter so far, Dwyane Wade.
"No, it doesn't upset me. it's what the fans vote for. Sometimes it gets into politics and things like that. You want to be an All-Star. You want to be a good point guard in this league you've got to win games."
The Wizards (14-14) were scheduled to have one national TV game this season, vs. Irving and the Cavs, but recently got bumped from the lineup. A game between the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers was flexed in that slot instead. It was the second year in a row that ESPN dropped the Wizards. Wall has gotten used to being overlooked.
"I wasn't shocked. It happened before. But you got to look at the teams they put on," he said. "The Blazers are having a great year and they're playing a good team so you can't be mad in that situation. Hopefully, we can get one back."