Revenge can be a game-changing emotion. It’s what’s now largely powering John Wall’s best career start and has the Washington Wizards on track to capture the franchise’s best record since the days when Wes Unseld was hurling full-court dimes to Elvin Hayes.
And the always candid All-Star point guard has been as open in expressing his feelings about his newfound motivations as he has been in imposing his will against a growing bevy of overmatched point guards.
After landing at No. 31 on Sports Illustrated’s preseason player rankings list, Wall instantly tweeted “No. 31? More motivation. Love it.”
A far deeper and basically irrefutable measure of adulation can now be felt among those of Wizards’ Nation based on the alluring and mesmerizing way in which the fifth-year veteran guard has led the Eastern Conference front-runners thus far this season. Through 31 games, the 24-year-old Wall is tied with New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic for league supremacy in double-doubles with 18.