John Wall to undergo season-ending surgery
December 30, 2018
The Wizards are 14-28 this season, which through Saturday's games puts them 11th in the Eastern conference. For a team hoping to keep moving up the Eastern conference ladder in their quest to become a more competitive playoff team, this season has been a large step in the wrong direction.
They will now continue 2018-19 without their very well-paid point guard, John Wall. Yesterday, the team announced that Wall will undergo surgery -- specifically, a debridement and repair of a Haglundís deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury -- in his left heel. The surgery to fix his injury puts Wall out of action for around six to eight months, which means the issue is season-ending.
Per the Wizards, the procedure was determined to be the best course of action to relieve pain and inflammation in Wallís heel after consultations with more than one doctor.
Wall in 32 games played this season put up averages of 20.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. He was shooting 44.4% from the field, but just 30.2% from three-point range. Last season he shot 37.1% from three-point range, and for his career he connects at 32.4%.
The Wizards recently traded for veteran small forward Trevor Ariza, who has put up nice numbers in seven games during this stint for Washington: 14.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per outing, though on just 37.1% FG shooting. The Wizards are 2-5 since acquiring Ariza, who previously played for the Wizards from 2012-14.
The team has played almost the entire season so far without Dwight Howard, who was acquired this offseason but participated in just nine games before undergoing back surgery that will keep him out for possibly another month or two.