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When was the last time John Wall actually played a game of basketball?

Joshua Rogers June 22, 2022
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After the Rockets guard officially opted in for the final year of his existing contract, we take a look at the last time John Wall played a game in the NBA.

Once upon a time John Wall was one of the most explosive point guards in the NBA. The former Kentucky Wildcat was a standout player as a teenager and was the consensus top player in the country after forgoing his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.

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Wall was drafted as the first overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft and went on to become a five-time NBA All-Star as well as being named to the All-NBA Team in 2017.

Along with Bradley Beal the Wizards had one of the most exciting backcourts in the NBA. However, several injury set-backs hampered Wall’s career and in 2020 he was traded to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.

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John Wall opts into his $47.4 million player option for next season

Per multiple sources, Wall has informed the Rockets that he will be exercising his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season. The two sides are expected to come to a resolution on his future soon.

Per ESPN, the Rockets will continue to seek trade scenarios in the coming weeks, but are expected to work with Wall on a contract buyout if a swap can’t be found.

He sat out the 2021-22 season to protect his trade value

After missing the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles tear, Wall started 40 games for the Rockets during 2020-21 and averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 32.2 minutes per game. During that time, he actually looked like the Wall of old, and showed that he can be a productive player in this league.

However, Wall sat out the entire 2021-22 season after he and the team mutually agreed on working together to find a new home. The agreement was made in order to protect his body and trade value as the team focused on trying to build around a backcourt of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. With a bench role the only option, both parties agreed for Wall to sit out the season.

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When was the last time John Wall actually played?

So when did John Wall last play in the NBA? John Wall last appeared in an NBA game on 23 April 2021. He finished with 27 points, 13 assists, three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in a 109-104 loss against the Clippers.

He then sat out the last 12 games of the 2020-21 regular season.

His injury histroy

Over the past few years Wall has been one of the most injury-plagued players in the NBA. He played just 41 regular-season games in 2017-18 due to a knee injury before suffering season-ending heel injury after 32 games in 2018-2019.

He then went on to rupture his Achilles while off the court, which all led to him missing the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

Clearly there’s a special talent in there but it remains to be seen which team is willing to take the risk on a relatively expensive 31-year-old with a history of injuries.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.