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Posted at 3:41 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

John Wall wins Eastern Conference rookie of the month

By Michael Lee

John Wall finally ended the stranglehold that New York Knicks guard Landy Fields had on the Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors, as the No. 1 overall pick was awarded the honor on Tuesday for the month of January.


I finally got one. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Wall averaged 13.9 points and 10.5 assists, but more importantly, he played in every game, although he was admittedly pushing through pain in his left foot, both knees, and sports a deep gash inside his left thumb from a floor burn.

His production in his first two months of the season had been overshadowed by injuries that sidelined him for 12 of the first 27 games. But he had a memorable January, in which became the first rookie in NBA history to have at least nine assists in 10 straight games. He also had 164 assists in the month, which were the most by a rookie since Mark Jackson had 172 assists for the Knicks in 1988.

Wall played in all 16 games in January, and collected 10 double-doubles, as the Wizards went 5-11. Jackson holds the record for most double doubles by a rookie guard since Jackson had 12 in March, 1988. He had five games with 13 or more assists, and ranks fifth in the league in assists at 9.3 per game.

Wall scored 22 points with nine rebounds in a win over Sacramento, had 19 points and a career-high 15 assists in a win over Utah, and scored 16 points -- including the game-winning three-pointer -- in a victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics. He arguably had a better month in October/November, when he averaged 18 points and 9.1 assists, but he also missed six games because of a sprained left foot.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, the front-runner for rookie of the year, won Western Conference rookie of the month for the third time. Griffin averaged 26 points, 13.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

By Michael Lee  | February 1, 2011; 3:41 PM ET
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According to hoopsworld.com
: President and GM Ernie Grunfeld isn't closed to trades, but he does think another significant deal between now and the trade deadline is unlikely.
"For us it would really depend on what the deal is," Grunfeld tells HOOPSWORLD. "Of course, you never turn down the right deal, but it would have to really be the right deal. There's not as much conversation going on this year as in years past because a lot of teams are waiting to see how things will work out with the new collective bargaining agreement. We've positioned ourselves pretty well from a financial standpoint. We have some solid young players and our future looks good."
"We're really just starting the rebuilding process," Grunfeld affirms. "We're about one year in. We were fortunate to get the number one pick in John Wall, but this is really the first year of our rebuild, so we still obviously have a ways to go. We feel like we have some solid pieces that we can build with and around, but at the end of the day the players will tell US by their performance and their improvement which ones we'll go forward with."

Posted by: suliman215 | February 1, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Deshawn Stevenson was quoted by Mike Lee yesterday about the differences between playing for Dallas and Washington and he said simply "night and day". So there is some reason that other teams are able to get their players to take the "NBA lifecycle" more seriously.
Maybe there's something to that, and haven't we heard similar from Butler and Arenas? But what if the main difference is they were traded to teams with fine players (Dirk, Kidd, Howard, etc.) that take winning and preparation seriously? They were sent to winning teams where they were not relied on to be the best players, after being thrown together as the best players on a poorly constructed team. I haven't heard Jamison saying the similar things. Is that because he's so classy, or because the Cavs don't have a chef/nutritionist? Maybe it's because he's the go to guy on a horrible team, and it has little to do with winning/losing "culture" and much more to do with winning and losing.

Arenas specifically criticized the Wizards organization for their trainging facilities as-compared to the Tier-1 teams and the atmosphere that it created for the players. I'm sure someone on this board can pull-out that quote -

Posted by: suliman215 | February 1, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

N.Y. Knicks, Mr. Fields would not have a "stranglehold" on this monthly (AWARD) if HE was a Washington Wizard. Missing games has little to do with this youngster being snubbed by the voters for the young Knick.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | February 1, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that we can reasonably expect players like the former Big Three, or Haywood and Stevenson, to speak kindly of the Wizards. All were associated with the disappointment of the last couple seasons. All were heavily criticized. DeShawn has to feel good about his role in Dallas, even though he's only averaging 18 minutes. Jamison no doubt wishes he was anywhere but Cleveland. Butler's got a legit reason to feel sorry for himself, and Haywood seems to feel sorry for himself wherever he is. Environment doesn't make that much difference to him.

Gilbert -- what else is there to say about him?

Best I could say is, thanks for the memories, guys. Good luck elsewhere. We got a bunch of new people to worry about.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BTW, congrats to John Wall. The award may be pretty meaningless, but hey, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

With Wall, the best is yet to come.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Also BTW -- when Gil criticized the training facilities, was he including the locker room? 'Cuz I wish he had spent less time in there...

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Have no fear, gm and coach are here for the rest of this season, and the next two as well. After that, accountability in the front office will emerge. Until then, it's accountability on the court solely. Rotate players and try to begin a winning atmosphere in D.C. We've only just begun.

Right now, I see BLATCHE and YOUNG as serious impediments to positive development.

The culture of ARENAS may have poisoned the well where these two are concerned. I hope not.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 1, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW, congrats to John Wall. The award may be pretty meaningless, but hey, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

With Wall, the best is yet to come.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

You got that right! Say who was that poster a few days ago taking issue with my statement that WALL was the "real deal."? I mean how off-base can one be?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 1, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse


The master of his craft, Ernest Grunfeld, has done a tremendous job this year and has had an OUTSTANDING draft. Yes, the injuries and roster instability have hurt the Wizards this season, but, as Ernest noted, the future is bright. By the way: When Ernest says that it is unlikely that the Wizards will engage in any trades in the next couple weeks, he's simply forcing teams to up their offers and making it clear that the Grunfeld Era is here!

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | February 1, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | February 1, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Play that funky music loud boy.......

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 1, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"You got that right! Say who was that poster a few days ago taking issue with my statement that WALL was the "real deal."? I mean how off-base can one be? Posted by: glawrence007"

No idea. I like him.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 1, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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